Version 5 (modified by Josue Guillen, 7 years ago) (diff)



mexcla is a simultaneous interpreation system for conference calls.

To use mexcla, either dial our main number and press 6 (pressing 6 is not advertized - so you have to know it!) or if you have a SIP account, dial

When you join a mexcla conference, you enter the general conference channel by default.

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 interpretion 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.

For admin information about the softare, please see the mexcla admin page.


Documenting the first test:

Four users, an interpreter, a monolingual spanish speaker, a monolongual english speaker and a bilingual speaker.

The interpreter pressed #2 and listened to the speakers and interpreted into the other language.

Each speaker started by saying their name and the language they were speaking in.

The monolingual spanish speaker introduced himself and talked.

The interpreter interpreted.

The monolingual english speaker pressed #1 and listened to the interpretation.

The bilingual speaker just listened.

The bilingual speaker then introduced himself and chose to speak in spanish. Everyone else continued as they were, with the monolingual spanish speaker just listening, while the monolingual english speaker stayed in the interpreter channel (#1).

The monolingual english speaker then introduced himself and his language (english) and something happened that identified a bug. Someone needs to edit this and explain what happened.


One thought is whether it would be less confusing to have language specific channels. This would only work with a separate interpreter for each language, but have #1 be for monolingual spanish speakers and #3 be for monolingual english speakers. The english to spanish interpreter would be in #2, being heard by the speakers in #1, and the spanish to english interpreter would be in #4 being heard by the speakers in #3. Perhaps there is a configuration setting that can be set depending on whether there is an interpreter for each language.

This would eliminate the need for people to be fumbling with their phones, switching channels during the discussion.