September 2016 Update

Hi all,

As I mentioned previously on Kickstarter, we’ve been grinding away on the initial release. Here’s where we are as far as development:

  • Our most frequently-used reference books have all been digitized. There may be some more books that need to be digitized, but we’ll do that on an as-needed basis.
  • The breakdowns for about 1500 characters (out of the 2000 in the initial version) are finalized. The remaining ~500 will take a bit more in-depth research. Once the database is up and running (nearly there), it should take a week or so to finish those 500 breakdowns.
  • We ran into some problems with Unicode Extension B-E characters, which put us a few days behind. It’s fixed now.
  • We also need to write full entries for nearly 400 semantic components. This is the most time-consuming part, of course. This should take about a month.

Given all that, we should be looking at sending the data to Pleco in late October or early November.

But we’re setting ourselves a deadline—if we’re not finished by 15 November, we’ll go ahead and send what we have to Pleco and that will be the initial release. After that of course we’ll be updating it monthly like we mentioned before.

That’s all we have for now. As always, get in touch (john@outlier-linguistics.com) with any questions!

-John

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