ArabTechies Announce the Release of 10 Open Source Projects to Improve the Arabic Web.
Arab Techies a gathering umbrella for Arab techies which I am one of its members, has just announced the release of the first outcomes of a four days Arabization Codesprint, which was attended by 15 participants from 8 countries in the Arab World and was held in Swiss Club in Cairo, Egypt between 20 and 23 May 2009. (Read ArabCrunch coverage of the first ArabTechies gathering here. )
The released outcomes are 10 open source projects including libraries to improve search normalization and indexing of arabic text for PHP, Python and Ruby, Modules and Plugins for Drupal and WordPress that enhance the user experience of arab speaking users. And a Arabic stemmer and Verb conjugator.
These 10 open source projects are:
Arabic verbs conjugator. Download.
A web interface for Qutrub the Arabic verbs conjugator. (Check the conjugator live)
A plugin for WordPress to integrate with Ar-PHP library. Download.
Modules for Drupal to integrate with Ar-PHP library. Download.
Integrating Yamli service with your browser. Download.
Preparing Arabic text for indexing using Ruby. Download.
Preparing Arabic text for indexing using PHP. Download.
Preparing Arabic text for indexing using Python. Download.
Stemming Arabic words using Ruby. Download.
Stemming Arabic words using Python. Download.
“some of the missing pieces in improving and encouraging Arabic content on the web and a providing a better computing experience for Arabic speaking users are not solved by code.” Said Manal Hassan member of Arab techies in a post at the Arabtechies website, she added “Well classified open access Arabic language corpora and linguistic data is sorely missing, a point that was strongly emphasized in the 1st Arab Techies gathering.”
Arab Techies has also released a classified Arabic Stop-Words list, Manal added” Apart from code and linguistic data some problems are better solved by documenting best practices, we proudly present the first draft of the (RTL design best practices and examples) document.”
These projects are hosted on Arab Techies Projects Space and ArabCrunch thanks everyone who helped in in coding these projects and we encourage you to post feedback on each projects’ discussion pages, whether it’s a bug report or a suggestion.