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New release of Kura

From:Boudewijn Rempt <boud@...>
Date:Saturday, September 7, 2002, 13:15
Dear people,

I've just released a new version of the beta of Kura 2.0. I've
fixed a few bugs and I've split the package in two parts: Kura
proper and a sample project that shows how to generate html (works
perfectly), tex of pdf (works so-so) from the information in the
Kura database.

Kura 2.0 only works on Linux (unless you buy a developers license of
Qt 3.0), but uses the same datamodel as Kura 1.2, so Windows. users
can still use Kura 1.2 to access the same database. MySQL runs on both
platforms, as does Python.

Kura 2.0 includes export functionality (to docbook xml -- TEI was
far too obscure and there aren't yet good tools for transforming TEI
into html or pdf), better Unicode support and many bugfixes.

Not working in Kura 2.0 are the kura-server, the charmap utility.
Semi-working (i.e. not well-tested) is the import/export functionality
for interlinear texts.

The sample project shows how to combine static text (like grammatical
explanations) with dynamic text (like example sentences) and how to
generate lexicons. It includes docbook, docbook-xsl, fop, Arial Unicode
and Cyberbit.ttf, so it's a bit big. And if you want to use jade to
generate pdf, you still need to download the LaTeX TIPA package.

You can get Kura 2.0 at:

An example of the html output is at:

An example of the pdf is at:

(Why two pdf's? Simple: read

Kura is now in the stage where I wanted it when I first dreamt up the
project. Now I only have to fill the database with everything known
about Denden and write the grammar... Oh, and maybe write a direct
latex-export function, because docbook isn't very well suited to
linguistics. But then, LaTeX isn't very well suited to Unicode.

Boudewijn Rempt |