AUTHOR: Mike Bartlett

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Russian language rooms form our largest non-English communities and we have started embarking on translating our app into Russian. We've started on the front page and will gradually start moving all of the strings in the application over to externalised templates. It is very possible that some of the translations are a bit wrong. We used an agency to help us with this and it's possible they didn't quite understand a few things. You can help…

Maths geeks, take note

When most people see this cat, they think awwww cute. But some people think this: Imagine how frustrated they must be not being able to easily express themselves in chat rooms around the world. Well... now you can use LaTeX on Gitter by using the brilliant KaTeX library from the Khan Acadamy. The above expression would be represented as follows: $$\left(\int{-\infty}^\infty x^2 |f(x)|^2\,dx\right)\left(\int{-\infty}…

Attack of the vector badgers

We've updated our badges to include support for SVG format. This means they will display just beautifully on retina displays. Such pixels. The badge has also been tweaked a little so that people know to click on them to join the chat. Here's a sample of what the new badges look like. If you visit any public room on Gitter, just click the settings button and choose Share this chat room. Bonus: we vectorised the badger…

Open source communication with Gitter

As we're approaching 5,000 public chat rooms on Gitter, we thought we'd take a look at some of our more popular rooms and communities and bring you a few tips and best practices on how other people are using Gitter effectively. Different audiences, different rooms The guys over at Marionette.js have been using Gitter for some time now. They use two different chat rooms in order to separate conversations between core team members and…

Introducing Channels

Today, we introduced a major feature to Gitter called Channels. These are rooms about anything and don't have to map directly to something in GitHub. Want a devops room? A design room? A watercooler? A London office room? Want an invite-only room with a few people in it? Channels are your friend. If you reload Gitter, you'll notice a new button at the bottom left of the screen titled **Create a room**. Click that and you'll…