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Technologies and strategies for authoring and editing, including word processors, structured editors, web and page layout and formatting, content conversion and migration, multichannel content, structured and unstructured  data integration, and metadata creation. 

Automattic releases WordPress 5.5

Automattic released WordPress 5.5, “Eckstine”, in honor of jazz musician Billy Eckstine. This latest version focuses on three major areas: speed, search, and security, as well as block editor enhancements, accessibility, and developer features:

Speed. In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading.’ On mobile, lazy loading can also keep browsers from loading files meant for other devices. That can save your readers money on data — and help preserve battery life.

Search. Now, by default, WordPress 5.5 includes an XML sitemap that helps search engines discover your most important pages from the very minute you go live.

Security. Now you can set plugins and themes to update automatically, or not, in the WordPress admin. So you always know your site is running the latest code available. You can also turn auto-updates on or off for each plugin or theme you have installed on the same screens you’ve always used.

Block patterns. New block patterns make it simple to create complex layouts, using combinations of text and media that you can mix and match to fit your story. You will also find block patterns in a wide variety of plugins and themes, with more added all the time.

The new block directory. The new block directory is built right into the block editor, so you can install new block types to your site without ever leaving the editor.

Inline image editing. Crop, rotate, and zoom your photos right from the image block.

Accessibility. Now you can copy links in media screens and modal dialogs with a button, instead of trying to highlight a line of text. You can also move meta boxes with the keyboard, and edit images in WordPress with your assistive device, as it can read you the instructions in the image editor.

Server-side registered blocks in the REST API. The addition of block types endpoints means that JavaScript apps (like the block editor) can retrieve definitions for any blocks registered on the server.

Defining environments. WordPress now has a standardized way to define a site’s environment type (staging, production, etc). Retrieve that type with wp_get_environment_type() and execute only the appropriate code.

Dashicons. The Dashicons library has received its final update in 5.5. It adds 39 block editor icons along with 26 others.

Passing data to template files. The template loading functions (get_header(), get_template_part(), etc.) have a new $args argument. So now you can pass an entire array’s worth of data to those templates.

https://wordpress.org/news/2020/08/eckstine/

Expert System releases expert.ai natural language API

Expert System announced the release of the expert.ai NL API, a cloud-based Natural Language API that enables data scientists, computational linguists, knowledge engineers and developers to easily embed advanced Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Processing capabilities (NLU / NLP) into their applications. The free expert.ai NL API provides natural language understanding capabilities based on Expert System’s symbolic approach that leverages AI-based algorithms, machine learning and knowledge graph to provide advanced features for reading and understanding any text, out of the box. Developers and data scientists can bring NLU applications such as text analytics, search and insight engines, content enrichment, tagging and processing, chatbots and virtual assistants, sentiment analysis, email management, contract exposure comparison etc. to market faster. expert.ai NL API features include:

  • Deep linguistic analysis that parses each sentence into tokens, lemmas, parts of speech and phrases
  • Accurate syntactic analysis that enables the extraction of entity relationships
  • Word sense disambiguation that resolves semantic ambiguities by leveraging Expert System’s  knowledge graph, pinpointing the precise meaning of concepts in context
  • Precise named entity recognition and linking that identify people, companies, locations and other entity types, linking them to leading knowledge bases like Wikidata, Geonames and DBpedia
  • Document classification based on IPTC Media Topics

https://expertsystem.com

 

SyncWords launches new generation media localization AI in 100+ Languages

SyncWords  launched the next generation of its media localization platform for translating and subtitling both live and on-demand videos in over 100 languages. Content creators have traditionally faced significant barriers to localizing their content including high costs, technical hurdles, and long turnaround times. SyncWords AI automates the process, enabling realtime subtitling solutions and delivering subtitles for pre-recorded content that reduces the time, effort, and cost of machine translation post-editing workflows. SyncWords’ media localization AI provides smart parsing and handling of content and metadata through the translation process and assembles the translated output into UX-optimized subtitles while transferring word-level timings to ensure timing accuracy throughout. The next generation of SyncWords’ media localization AI extends the accuracy and quality of results that can be produced through automation by introducing features for precise adherence to source templates, word-level alignments of translations with the source, automated alignment of human translations with source, and maximum context for translations, among other features. 

https://syncwords.com

Sitecore Content Hub integrates CHILI publisher

CHILI publisher and Sitecore joined forces to optimize the content creation process and centralize all marketing assets from different management systems with Sitecore Content Hub. CHILI publisher, the online editing software for artwork and marketing material creation, turns original designs based on these assets into Smart Templates. These documents can be edited and repurposed by any user within Sitecore Content Hub into brand-compliant print or digital visuals.

Sitecore Content Hub integrates with different content sources (DAM, ERP, PLM, CRM, …) within a company and centralizes key content into one channel that acts as a single source of truth for asset collection and distribution. By maximizing the content lifecycle, users can reuse and repurpose existing content while scaling the creation of new content. CHILI publisher runs on Smart Templates that convert source files via plug-ins into editable documents. The Smart Templates define the content or brand constraints, allow variables (sizes, visuals, text,…), add extra data, and contain template intelligence, enabling users to generate multichannel content. Smart Templates work with content blocks (snippets) that allow users to change files on a granular level to generate any –“ization” they want, like localization, regionalization, customization. Various users from different divisions within any company can create content visuals that are safe, integrated, updated, and stored centrally.

https://www.chili-publish.com/press-sitecore-and-chili-publish-partnership, https://www.sitecore.com

Altova debuts debugger for low code app development

Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 7.0, its low code app development framework. This latest version introduces a new debugger for testing and troubleshooting app behavior during development, as well as numerous new tools for defining controls, actions, and UI refinements. The new debugger in MobileTogether Designer offers developers full-featured debugging of both the execution flow of event handlers and operations AND the results of XPath/XQuery functions called during execution. The ability to test and debug apps with precision and immediately understand any app behavior – all directly inside the low-code design environment – enables developers to make a rapid app development process faster.

Highlights of the new features in version 7.0 include:

  • All new debugger
  • Overwriting Control Template styles and actions at any instance
  • New Update Variable action
  • Additional scroll-to options
  • Support for new units: dp/sp
  • Additional pre-defined button looks
  • Padding settings for table rows/columns
  • Edit Fields – new option to trigger control actions after time interval
  • Support for Android 1

https://www.altova.com

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