How to Translate a Web Page


There are, in computing, many manipulations judged by the informed user to be as simple as possible. However, one day you had to learn how to do them! In the form of practical sheets, we offer those who are just starting out today a synthetic document to carry out one or other of these elementary tasks. Our more seasoned readers will also be able to take advantage of this new service to redirect requests for assistance addressed to them.

Even though the French Internet is enriched every day by thousands of new pages, this content does not always meet our needs. Often, in order to delve deeper into a specific subject, we are referred to foreign sites. When these sites have a version in our mother tongue, so much the better! If not, it is up to us to make the necessary efforts of understanding. Still passes for the English that almost everyone knows about. But what to do in the case of a site written in a less common language (Japanese for example) or a site that uses a sustained or technical vocabulary? No need in these cases to bring out your old Harrap’s dictionary. Instead, follow our tips for translating this online content directly.

Note:

Don’t expect miracles from machine translation programs whose results are necessarily imperfect. They cannot claim to replace a professional who is sensitive to the richness of a language. Nevertheless, when it comes to translating a word or a short expression, or to quickly get an idea of the content of a page, the results are correct.

Translate a word or paragraph in Firefox 3

Browsers are not limited to simply displaying web pages In addition, most of them now offer plug-ins to make them more versatile. This is how Mozilla Firefox can be enriched with a machine translation solution.

1. 1.

Download gTranslate 0.5.1 for free in the and run it. At the end of the installation, the extension will prompt you to restart your Firefox session. The gTranslate plug-in – which uses Google Translate’s translation service – can be accessed in the context menu with a right click.

2. Select text with the mouse: it is highlighted in blue. Right-click on the selection. The last sub-menu opens to prompt you to select the source language of the text and the target language. The “Detect Language” menu allows you to verify that the extension has correctly identified the original language (a black chip is present in front of its name).

3. In the list of languages, point to the language of your text, then, in the second drop-down menu, the language in which you want to translate it. The context menu closes now that the translator is correctly configured. Right click on your selection. You may need to wait for the Google service to connect. The translation is then displayed in the second part of the context menu.


Using the drop-down menus, select the source and destination languages in succession. The translation is then displayed in the second part of the context menu.

Note:

  • Right-clicking on the translation opens a new page of the Google Translate service, making it easy to view translations of whole sentences or paragraphs.


To view the result of the translation more comfortably, open it in a new web page

Translate a word or paragraph in Internet Explorer 8

1.

Download Free Internet Explorer 8 in the and run it. If you take the time to discover more about this new version of Microsoft’s browser (see our RC1 test), you won’t be able to miss the “accelerators”. What’s this all about? Related links to web services that appear when a text or link is selected on a page. This is the form in which the translation service built into Internet Explorer 8 appears.

2. Select the text you want to translate and right-click. The accelerator appears at the bottom of the selection, in the form of an icon.

3. Click on the accelerator icon. In the menu that appears, tap “Translate with Live Search”. Unlike Firefox, which has a very short field, Internet Explorer 8 displays the translation in a pop-up window with a scrollbar: interesting for long texts.


The translation is displayed in a pop-up window equipped with an elevator.

4. To select the source and target languages, click on the “Change Language” link and select the couple of your choice from the drop-down menu. The translation is immediately updated in the window.


This same pop-up allows you to select the source and target languages.

Notes:

  • Internet Explorer 8 allows you to enable services in addition to the default services. This is how you can add Google Translate to your context menu. It should be noted on this occasion that third party plug-ins are not always as well integrated as those from Microsoft. While translation with Windows Live displays a handy pop-up window, the Google Translate module simply opens the service in a new tab.
  • Live Search allows you to display the translation in a separate page that shows the two versions of the text opposite each other. To get this view, click on “Translate with Live Search”.


Live Search allows you to display the translation in a separate page that shows the two versions of the text opposite each other.

Translate a page on the fly

The machine translation tools we have just mentioned not only make it possible to translate a word, a sentence or a paragraph, but also a page on the fly.

Translate a page on the fly with Windows Live Translator

1. Go to the Windows Live Translator page.

2. In the “Where to translate the web page” field, enter the URL of the page you want to translate.

3. In the “Translation” drop-down menu, select the pair corresponding to the source and target languages. Validate by clicking on the “Translate page” button.

4. Windows Live Translator opens a new window in which the translation is displayed opposite the original text. The pages that you will be asked to open afterwards will in turn benefit from the machine translation.


Enter the URL of the page to be translated.


Once translated, the page is displayed opposite the translation. The pages that you will be asked to open afterwards will in turn benefit from the machine translation.

Note:

  • In Internet Explorer, both pages scroll at the same time. Under Firefox, the scrolling is distinct.

Translate a page on the fly with Google Translate

1. Go to the Google Translate page.

2. In the “Translate text or web page” field, enter the URL of the page you want to translate.

3. Choose the source and destination languages. Validate by clicking on the “Translate” button.

4. The translated page is displayed in full screen. The pages that you will be asked to open afterwards will in turn benefit from the machine translation.


Enter the URL of the page to be translated.


Once translated, the page is displayed opposite the translation. The pages that you will be asked to open afterwards will in turn benefit from the machine translation.

Going further with Google Translate:

  • Google Translate is also able to translate search results via the Google Translation page. The program translates the term you are looking for and displays the search results in both languages, facing each other for better tracking.
  • For the attention of webmasters, Google Translate offers a widget to be integrated into the site to allow visitors to benefit from an integrated translation tool for the pages of the site (see this page).

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