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mexcla is a simultaneous interpreation system for conference calls.

Note: mexcla will not interpret for you. Instead, it provides a way for your living and breathing interpreter to provide simultaneous interpretation to the mono-lingual users on the call without interfering with the bilingual participants who will hear the speakers' directly.

There are several ways to use mexcla:

When you join a mexcla conference, you are prompted to enter a conference number followed by the pound key (#). You may enter any number (inclusively) between 1 and 999. There is currently no system for allocating or pin-protecting rooms, so you may end up in someone else's conference call.

When you first enter the call, you are in the general conference channel.

In the general conference channel, you can hear all participants as they speak their preferred language. When you speak, all participants in the general conference channel can hear you.

If you press the 1 key, you enter the interpretation channel. On this channel, you can continue to be heard in the general conference channel. However, when others speak, you can no longer hear them. Instead, you only hear what is being said in the interpretation channel. You can return to the general conference channel by pressing 0.

If you press 2, you enter the interpretation channel as an interpreter. You will continue hearing what is spoken in the general conference channel, but when you speak it is only heard in the interpretation channel. You can press 0 to return to the general conference channel at any time.

Browser compability chart

A working browser will behave like this:

  • When you click the Connect button it will change to Connecting (this may take up to 15 seconds)...
  • You will be asked by your browser for permission to use the microphone (on Chromium this only happens the first time you connect to a server, provided it's an https site, so if this step does not happen it does not necessarily mean a failure)
  • After about 15 seconds, it changes to "Connected" and the phone icon red slash disappears.
  • You should hear an announcement of the conference room number you are in and, possibly "You are the only person in call" or something to that effect.

Testing whether others can hear you is a bonus, but if you get this far, I'm assuming other audio problems are OS related or specific to your browser installation, so less relevant to this chart.

If you are testing with Firefox "nightly" or "beta" please put the version it will become so this page doesn't become outdated too quickly.

Browser and version Operating System Status Fail notes
Iceweasel 23 Debian Jessie Works
Firefox 23 Android 2.3.7 Doesn't Work Never prompted for use of mic, Connect button doesn't change when clicked
Chromium 28 Debian Jessie Works