SEP
10
2007

Parley

KVocTrain is dead.
Welcome Parley!
You might already have noticed when synching kde-edu yesterday or today that the KVocTrain folder has gone and been replaced by Parley.
And not only the name has changed. I was able to close quite a few bugs while rewriting the better part of the old KVocTrain.
One bug that was very annoying was closed yesterday by simply enhancing the gui a little. It is a feature that Jeremy implemented in our rewrite of the kvtml (Parleys file format) lib. In the old KVocTrain one could have three languages (see screenshots).
Let's say German-English-French.

There are example where this is more usefull like English, Chinese Tranditional and Chinese Simplified, but since Chinese is Chinese to me, I have a hard time giving examples in that language...
Anyway, if I had German-English-French, I could only practice German-English or German-French but never English-French, because the first language was seen as "original". This set up was deeply incorporated in the sources, it took almost half a year of kicking at KVocTrain to get it out.
Now the code is much simpler and cleaner without special treatment for some original language.

The old KVocTrain with its query menu:
The old way of starting a query (test)

Parley - configure a test:
Parley test configuration
Pheeew.
I really think Parley has gained a lot over KVocTrain. And so yesterday the train had it's last ride for good.

Another funeral notice: The term query is gone from Parley.
It always got much attention but little understanding.
Native speakers felt like being treated like a data base, other people using the English version of KVocTrain were just confused.

So let's practice!

Comments

Right now I'm a JMemorize user, wich is quite a nice app I must say.

I might switch to Parley, but...

a) does it use the Leitner-system?
b) will it be multi-platform any time soon? (with QT4?)

If not, I'm afraid I can't switch.


By yep at Mon, 09/10/2007 - 14:20

... to see this project saw some love :) Thanks Frederik!

--
Alexander who has been using kvoctrain since he installed KDE and who is looking to use Parley in the future :)


By adymo at Mon, 09/10/2007 - 14:37