Proposal:Offer Google translation services with cursor hover over word in webpage
Offer Google translation services for any page in the Wiki. Allow a hover of the cursor over a word (or of selected text) to translate that text in a popup (like the Google toolbar translation feature). A tab (or link) can turn this feature on or off, and also allow switching of languages.
The code put up by this proposal has recently become a Gadget on enwiki. An earlier version of this software has run on the ptwiki for 11 months now and receives about 400 hits a day.
You can include this code within your monobook.js file by including:
// remember to clear the cache after adding this code to your monobook.js file
and try it out. A tab at the top of the window allows the feature to be turned on or off and allows changing of languages. See my user (Endo999) page for more info.
I use the feature to translate French and Spanish, of which I am only an intermediate user. It's much quicker than looking up the dictionary by hand.
Allow intermediate English learners to more easily read enwiki articles.
Allow English language speakers easier access to languages like Portuguese, of which they will only have a modest ability in (such as if they know some Spanish, but not Portuguese).
Allow cross readership of the wikis.
- Is the machine translation system implemented as free software ?
The code is already a gadget on the enwiki under the name GoogleTrans.
Comparisions vs Other Translation Software
- 1) Internet Explorer v8 has a selection text based translation service.
- Slower than GoogleTrans. Need to 1) select text, 2) click on special selection icon that appears, 3) then click on menu item to translate.
- Is slow to translate single words. Cannot just position cursor over word and get translation like Google toolbar translation feature or GoogleTrans. Many intermediate learners of a language only need single words translated and do not need whole sentences translated.
- Only works on one version of IE.
- 2) Google Toolbar Translation Feature
- Quick to use, simply position cursor over word and get multiple translations for that word
- Even the new version only translates from English to 21 other languages, while GoogleTrans will do 51.
- Does not do selection based translation, which GoogleTrans does and IE8 does.
- Only works on IE, and Firefox.
- Need to have administrative privs on the PC you are using the toolbar on in order to install it. This is not possible at many schools or companies that have restrictive environments.
- 3) gTranslate -- Firefox addin
- will translate 51 languages to 51 other languages
- Not as fast to translate single words and even selected text. More mouse selections and mouse clicks necessary than compared with Google Toolbar or GoogleTrans.
- Does not seem to do more than a few words of translation (My understanding of the tool may be deficient here). Google can translate up to 500 characters of text at a time but gTranslate does not seem to be able to show 500 characters of translation.
- Only works on Firefox.
- 4) GoogleTrans
- Quick to translate single words and/or selected text. Need only to position cursor over word or selected text and hit shift key.
- Does all translations that Google can do. More than Google toolbar can do.
- Supports all browsers except Konqueror.
- Allows translation popups to happen on pcs where the user cannot install toolbars or addons (like schools and businesses that have restrictive environments).
Do you have a thought about this proposal? A suggestion? Discuss this proposal by going to Proposal talk:Offer Google translation services with cursor hover over word in webpage.
Want to work on this proposal?
- .. Sign your name here!
Endo999 06:25, 10 August 2010 (UTC) (I wrote the gadget which is on enwiki for a year now)