Multilingual Zotero (MLZ): new release m355

I am pleased to announce the latest upgrade to Multilingual Zotero (MLZ), a variant of the Zotero reference manager with support for legal and multilingual scholarship.

Changes in this release include the following:

  • Repair of a long-standing but largely invisible bug in item creators. When dragging to a group, items with language variants on a creator field set (or reused) a copy of the creator associated with My Library, rather than the target group. This anomaly did not have immediate side effects, but it was not correct, and all such entries will be fixed by the upgrade.
  • Adoption of all recent changes to Zotero 4.0, including a fix for a sync issue affecting some attachment items created with earlier versions of Zotero.
  • Simplification of MLZ schema upgrade logic to allow orderly management of MLZ and Zotero schema upgrades going forward. This one has no visible effect when using the application, but it is definitely A Good Thing.

Several users of the older version of MLZ have voiced reservations about Zotero-incompatible changes to the MLZ database made earlier this year. There is a good reason for the changes, but I have been listening, and at some point (not immediately, but perhaps by late summer) I will look into providing a reverse-conversion tool to restore an MLZ database to Zotero compatibility. This can be done without data loss, so there is no good reason (apart from time constraints) not to make it possible.

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