Serendipity Library Update 20020930

Rob Cozens rcozens at
Mon Sep 30 15:26:01 EDT 2002

Hi All,

Serendipity Library Update 20020930 is now available at

This is the first version to include a German translation of Library 
messages & prompts, and it also adds two new capabilities:

*  SDB Utilities' File menu now includes a "Convert Text File" 
menuItem which saves a copy of a text file with line endings 
appropriate for a specified platform.  Why would one need this when 
the MC engine automatically handles translation?  I use it for Read 
Me & license text files that ship with my Rev files but are not 
opened by the MC engine.

*  An "Edit Fields" menuItem has been added to SDB database stacks' 
Edit Menu.  This allows the user to retrieve and edit individual 
fields of the current record by field number.

I would like to mark the introduction of German language capabilities 
with overdue thanks to all testers and translators.  They are 
acknowledged in the Read Me file; but for those who do not go there:

Thanks to:

* Sannyasin Sivakatirswami and Ken Ray for initial design critiques 
and tips on cross-platform scripting.

* Sjoerd Op 't Land, whose sound translation made the audio feedback 
mechanism possible.

* Björnke von Gierke, whose suggestions led to an adjustable audio 
feedback and improvements in the Library Translation screen.

* Jose L. Rodriguez Illera, whose critique reminded me not to lock 
out MetaCard developers with Revolution-specific syntax and who 
created Mensajes en español.txt.

* Terry Vogelaar, who pointed out the need for ASCII-ANSI conversion 
of high-order characters and created Nederlandse Berichten.txt.

* Yves Coppé, who created Alertes en Français.txt.

* Klaus Major, who created Deutsche Texte.txt.

If there is anyone out there who might consider translating the 
Library's 188 lines of labels, tool tips, menu & menuItem, names, 
error messages, etc. into another language--especially Italian or 
Portuguese--please contact me privately and give me an opportunity to 
gently twist your arm a bit.  The Library includes a screen that 
facilitates line-by-line translation, and you now have the choice of 
translating from Dutch, French, German, or Spanish as alternatives to 


Rob Cozens
CCW, Serendipity Software Company

"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."

from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)

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