It was International Translation Day on 30th September and Google gifted users a new version of their website translator gadget.
From usability point of view this version is far more better then previous one and supports 51 languages. Earlier version of this gadget was a bit ugly in the manner it worked. It used to load the entire page in an iFrame which appeared like a full page reload every time user changed the language. It seems that the new gadget translates the page of text asynchronously. There is a progress indicator too which shows percentage of translation done. It is certainly faster then previous version.
There is one more feature to it. According to google if the language of a users browser visiting your page is different than the language of your page, they will be prompted to automatically translate the page in their language.
To use the gadget in your website just visit google at http://translate.google.com/translate_tools and follow these 3 steps:
- Select the language of your website.
- Select languages in which you want the translation.
- Copy the generated code in your webpages and you are ready to go.
Although the translation is not 100% correct, it is a great help to read and understand text of foreign languages.