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New generation: 5.0

Benjamin Alan Jamie
29. avgust 2023.

Plenty of new things are here—so many of them that we changed the number. The major number!

...talkin' 'bout my generation...

Let’s look at what defines the five: all the additions.

The changelog has an improved structure to highlight what each version delivers. We will keep it from now on; please share your thoughts if you feel that it could serve you even better in a different form.

The main reason for the new major number is Categories. It is part of the Settings menu and will greatly help projects with countless translation units. Projects and components stay as-is, but you can now create a category within a project...or a category itself, nest them, sort them, or change them to call some order for your translations, be they versions, branches, or subprojects. Visit the Settings menu of your project and let us know. It’s a big change that will keep evolving, its docs included. Keep your feedback coming!

Invitationsfor new users now work for all authentication methods and need to be confirmed by the invitee. Should keep everyone better in the picture.

Weblate’s Docker container is now filing secrets. Well, check that in the docs!

And it would not be a new version without format changes! Both in this batch are newly or better supported thanks to work of our amazing open-source contributors:

  • Fluent works like never before, thanks to Henry Wilkes. So many specific checks and more!
  • The long-awaited Markdown was added by Anders Kaplan. This is a whole new world!

Both of them deserve a great shoutout!

Improvements! As there are plenty of them, we suggest reading the changelog and picking those that relate to your use case the best. But let’s mention some here:

  • Plurals are now handled well in MT, and differences in the source string are highlighted in the Automatic suggestions
  • Notification duplicates should happen no longer, and their configuration provides better information to influence your decisions
  • The user API now shows the last sign-in date, and its token is now hidden by default for improved privacy.
  • XLIFF supports source string location links
  • WebP is supported for context
  • Some highlighting, OCR, and checks behave better

If Mastodon guided you here, feel well while tooting with #Weblate. After all, it is #YourSoftwareYourLanguage.

As always, 5.0 is already present on Hosted, where you can contribute to many lovely libre projects or add yours, as well as start a commercial one.

Extended support subscribers will receive their upgrade soon in a package of 5.0.1, together with members of a growing community of Dedicated instance owners. You can get your own Weblate server too, or ask our team anything Weblate. Oh, and skim the how-to if you enjoy upgrading by yourself!

If you want to enlighten our community with your presence, you’re very welcome.