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Personman [PersonRank 8]

Monday, November 27, 2006
13 years ago4,878 views

Very nice, though it doesn't pluralize things ending in 's' properly, and I expect there are other similar issues, especially with odd words and internally pluralized noun phrases. Still, quite awesome.

(Perhaps there could be an 'advanced' menu that would allow you to specify certain forms of the words you put in that it can't figure out on it's own?)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Perhaps you could also have it highlight the changed words as an option?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Personman, do you have an example of the problem you're describing? Maybe I can adjust it.

Horcrux [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

It's a pretty cool tool. Perhaps you could add an option to change certain words only when a space occurs before and after it to avoid sentences like : "Add gradientcolors and bring to brss" where brss should have been oil (as "oil" is replaced by "rss").

Obli [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Could you make a Firefox plugin that would make it replace any Web 2.0 terms with random words perhaps?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

You should change only words, you know. It's called "Word Replacer". I've changed data -> lie and database became liebase.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I might include an advanced option where you can change it so it only takes full words, outside of HTML tags.

paolo massa [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Do you know ReGender?
regender.com/index.html

"Welcome to a little experiment in webpage translation. Have you ever wondered...
   * What would the world look like if the two sexes switched places?
   * What would it look like if English had genderless pronouns?
   * What would it look like if English identified races the way it identifies gender?

Language has power."

Janislaw [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Gosh, this seems extremally useless.

terminer [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Well here's one
wordreplacer.com/cache/g061127 ...

Analogpoint [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Another improvement would be to "suggest" some popular replacements that others have used instead of having to come up with a bunch of replacements to type in.... That would make it more "social".

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

My company has a product called ROSS... there is a sister product Called Vision, So I decided to translate our webpage to replace all instances of ROSS with Vision.

Test 1)
site : newcovsoft.com
Replace ROSS with Vision

Does not work because newcovsoft.com just forwards to the sub directory /v5 This is understandable, though would be handy if it could detect this

Test 2)
site : newcovsoft.com/v5
Replace ROSS with Vision

Again does not work, requires a trailing slash. Again... understandable :)

Test 3)
site : newcovsoft.vom/v5/
Replace ROSS with Vision

Seems to work well... looks like an intro page for Vision!
Would be nice if the Word replacer box was a thin bar at the top or located floating in the bottom right (less often important retail space)
Clicked a link, and it goes back to the original site. Would get even more bonus points if it intercepted links and location.h r e f changes and filtered them too!

All in all, rather fun, but not practical yet :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yeah, the tool doesn't handle redirects yet... I should see about that...

Josh Meyer [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

The "Jmaxxz vulgar word blocker" Greasemonkey script does exactly this.
userscripts.org/scripts/show/2 ...

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

wordreplacer.com/cache/g061127 ...

Personman [PersonRank 8]

13 years ago #

An example of the problem I described: wordreplacer.com/cache/g061127 ...
(slightly NSFW, but hopefully funny enough to justify it)

It's not that it doesn't do it *properly*, it's that it doesn't do it at all... as has been noted, it just replaces strings, which can have ugly results. I suppose it can be worked around by manually typing in the replacements for plurals, but there's another issue – it does the replacements in order, so you have to do the plural first, and then the singular, or else the singular will change first and the plural won't match, which is counterintuitive. Doing the replacements in order of length of string to be replaced and then order entered would probably work.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

wordreplacer.com/cache/g061127 ...

Oops! :-)

I think it should definitely use regular expressions to only replace content between tags (and even then it should probably ignore anything between <script> tags as that could break JavaScript).

Jake's View [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

You should be able to drag the WordReplacer box around.

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<You should be able to drag the WordReplacer box around.>>

I agree, I was going to say that in my first post, but thought... well, most people will close it if it is in the way... but you may want to see what is under it without having to lose the information it provides

Entro [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

wtf.
Communists become terrorists...?!?!?!?
I just found and bookmarked your blog..

guess what.
I am just deleting the bookmark.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Entro, George W. Bush gave me the idea for that replacement – he said:

"The murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century. Yet, in many ways, this fight resembles the struggle against communism in the last century."
-- President Discusses War on Terror at National Endowment for Democracy
whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2 ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

FYI, here's a similar site just for BBC news stories:

thetriforce.com/ntbbc/

e.g. thetriforce.com/ntbbc/index.ph ...

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