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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Changes to Google Translate

The Google Translator has been slightly redesigned. Instead of a single HTML combo box showing the available language pairs, you now get two DHTML combo boxes each containing a language for more free mixing of source and target languages*. (I wonder why Google does not pick traditional combo boxes?) What’s best is that there’s now a “Detect language” option for the source language; it might be neat if Google makes this the default selection too or perhaps save the last selection in a cookie.

*Google’s meta description of the service explains, “This translator supports: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish”.

[Thanks Scott!]

Update: I fixed the link from (which still shows the old layout) to, with thanks to David Mulder for pointing this out.


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