MindTouch is releasing today a new version of its Deki Wiki open-source Wiki tool software which makes it much easier to manage web content in multiple languages.
The MindTouch Deki Wiki v8.05 is a web-based Wiki platform that lets web development teams build web pages that are much easier to create and maintain. One of its interesting new features is “polyglot support.” With it, a developer can use the Deki Wiki tool to post updates in multiple languages.
This means a web developer can integrate multiple languages into a single site, rather than create a separate site for each language. In addition, users visiting the site can search across all languages, with the search results prioritized to that user’s language.
The developer can use the tool to design a web page in English. They can then include a button that switches the user to that same page in another language. The user-interface for the page stays the same, but the words are in a different language.
Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, plans on using Deki Wiki for the Mozilla Development Center, the site where Mozilla manages its community of developers. That’s important for open-source developers such as Mozilla, which has thousands of developers around the world.
“This is particularly good for Wiki-style collaborations,” said Aaron Fulkerson, CEO of San Diego, Calif.-based MindTouch, in an interview. It’s also good for platform companies who work with a variety of application developers as well as enterprises that are tapping their customers for development support.
Beyond polyglot support, the software also makes it easy for developers to upload images, videos and other files to a web site. It’s also easy to transform content from one kind of format to another, as needed to make the content compatible with a web page’s given design.
The 25-employee company started in 2005, released its first version in 2006 and then another version in 2007. Fulkerson said the company has bootstrapped the financing and is likely to delay raising a round of venture capital because the business growth is strong. He said the company gives away the tool for free but sells enterprise subscriptions for those who need support. The closest competitors are IBM and Oracle’s BEA.