New online projects

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When is a project over? When is a translation over? When is a work of art over? The answer is “never”… there’s always something about “your creature” which doesn’t completely satisfy you and which you feel the need to fix, or maybe you have a sudden attack of inspiration and an idea comes up which takes you along paths you hadn’t considered before. That’s why your computer and your smartphone are always bugging you with updates for the programmes and apps you have installed.

So what started as a simple chatbot, Leslie, has turned into a series of online tools that use “natural language processing”. That’s how the part of speech tagger, the online reported speech converter, and pronunciapedia.org, an application to help students to improve their pronunciation, were born.

Some projects are simply never over…