السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
As I'm currently working on developing the next version of quran.com (إن شاء الله) I thought I'd take the opportunity to post to our much neglected blog. I've personally never taken up blogging, but I guess it's not too late to start. إن شاء الله I'll keep everyone updated throughout development via this blog.
I'm currently fixing and finishing up the Arabic view of beta.quran.com (beta.quran.com/ar). After mirroring page elements into right-to-left directionality with CSS, I'll need to translate all the English words used in the interface into Arabic.
Fortunately, we've implemented a great localization/internationalization back-end for the new quran.com, so it shouldn't be too difficult. The system not only handles interface localization but we've extended it into content as well so that even individual ayah words can have localized translations for any given language. I designed the system to scale with the intention of, at some point (perhaps when the user/account base is large enough) implement a feedback mechanism allowing users to suggest translations for a given language for both interface keywords and individual ayah words. إن شاء الله the system is capable of handling any language, so we may see in the future quran.com/fr/*, quran.com/de/* and even quran.com/zh/*.
Anyway, after finishing off the Arabic view of beta.quran.com, إن شاء الله I'll start working on the planned "[re]-share" function so that users can start sharing ayahs and making da3wa through Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz. The plan is to set it up in a flexible yet easy to use way, so that the user can choose to share specific resources alongside the ayah (i.e. translations or tafsir if using the Arabic view) and/or post their own comments alongside.
it's been a while since this blog has been updated, but hope insha'Allah everyone is doing well.
have been working on the alpha version of quranicrealm (which you may have seen linked off of quranicrealm). this version includes many new things - improved searching and better arabic images are the most important.
more importantly, however, is that soon, quranicrealm will insha'Allah be merged with quran.com. currently, you will find only a few things (the images, for example) merged with quran.com. the transliteration search and more will be merged soon insha'Allah.
moreover, a lot of this stuff is becoming open source, and we ultimately plan on opening up APIs as well to make development easy. i will update this blog as the work progresses insha'Allah.
we are currently working on rewriting searchquran.net (also known as quranicrealm) in order to add some more functionality, speed things up, and so on. i am currently needing help with the following:
- redesign - someone who can come up with a nice redesign for the site.
- logo - while this really depends on whether or not someone steps up to redesign the site (and, if they do, whether they want to reuse the current logo or not), i need someone who can translate the logo into arabic (meaning that they can send me a logo that looks like the current one, with the arabic text (Ø§Ù„Ù…Ù…Ù„ÙƒØ© Ø§Ù„Ù‚Ø±Ø§Ù†ÙŠØ©) written under it rather than "quranicrealm").
if you can do one of these things (or both of them), please send us an email.
as updated in the post below about the urls, the quranicrealm/quranicfinder domains should now work again. as for the prayertimes labs app (and labs in general), i've moved those back to labs.islamicnetwork.com.
2 new sets were added to quranicaudio:
sufi recitation courtesy of zanjabil.net and my friend in australia.
if you are accessing quranicrealm using any of quranicrealm.com, quranicfinder.com, or quran.islamicnetwork.com, please update your bookmarks to searchquran.net, as those other domains may stop working in the very near future (they are, unfortunately, not in my control).
update - those domains should be working now, so no need to do this.
likewise, the labs site has moved to labs.cafesalam.net, which affects the prayertimes application url and will affect future labs projects as well insha'Allah (the prayertimes app can now be found at here).
update - this domain should also be working now as well, and the cafesalam one will forward you back to the original islamicnetworks labs.
alsalam 3ala man itaba3al huda -
for all you facebook users out there, we've launched a new quran application for facebook. unlike the quran verses application, this one has a tagging feature so that you can share knowledge by tagging your friends with certain verses. give it a try and let us know what you think!
walsalam 3ala man itaba3al huda.