August 15, 2004

The default language identification tool had ceased to work; this has now been fixed.

February 5, 2004

A problem has been fixed with the Kataku translator (English to and from Indonesian), when translating text.

September 3, 2003

A Thai keyboard has been added. It is still under construction, as Thai has compound letters I have yet to deal with.

August 27, 2003

A listing of all the internal names for each language has been added to the language pages. Also links to the Alternative Dictionary are now on every language page, along with a warning that they include offensive terms. I don’t see why I shouldn’t include these links; we’ll see how many complaints I get. Later: links to The Rosetta Project are now on all language pages. Same goes for links to the Yahoo! Directory pages.

August 25, 2003

Two new and related tools today. The first is very simple: Translate & Identify is a framed page where one frame is the language identification page and the other is the main Translation Wizard page. The second is more complex. I think it is fairly powerful, and I hope not too difficult to use. It is a Bookmarklet Maker which allows you to create a custom bookmarklet for accessing the Translation Wizard with. As always, I have made lots of minor changes, including a fix for the Kataku translator when translating text.

August 21, 2003

New tool for webmasters! Put a ‘Translate this Page’ link on your web pages.

August 19, 2003

I believe I have fixed one of the last remaining encoding issues. Characters with diactrics now work appropriately when using the dictionary lookup feature.

August 19, 2003

New feature today! The Language Identification page is up, in beta. You can also access it directly from the main Translation Wizard page. You can read the details on the information page.

August 18, 2003

Now you can save your settings via a button on the Translation Wizard. I have added this information and a link to PetaMem Diacritisation to the information page. Also I have improved the look of the language listings on the individual language pages, which are now not quite so huge.

August 15, 2003

I completed a new feature today, one which you will probably never use if you are reading this :-). Google is the only search engine that includes the Translation Wizard so far (which is actually pretty quick). If you do a search on Google, or one of several other Google-powered search engines, that includes languages in the query, and arrive at the Translation Wizard main page or one of the language or translator pages, you will see the feature. Actually, if you arrive at the main page, you won’t even notice the feature, which is the way it should be. Take a look at an example language page, German, or translator page, EWGate. Now try this Google query, and click on the links to pages on the Translation Wizard. See the feature? It can be even more advanced, such as with this Google query.

August 13, 2003

Quite a few additions this update. I added the Freedict single-word translator. I added information for web page translators on whether they can handle frames, and whether links on them go to translations to the tools pages and translation results page. The Thai language has been added, and five Thai translators, one of which can translate web pages. Pars Translator has been added, which can translate text from English to Farsi. If you enter a URL, the Translation Wizard will extract the text and have that translated. Arcnet has also been added, which can translate single words between several Asian languages. Most of the encoding issues have been fixed, and you should now be able to enter text in any of the supported scripts, including diactrics with the Latin script. Two of the Thai translators include audio files of words. This information is now available on their respective pages and on the translation results.

August 11, 2003

    A couple of additions today. A new language has been added, Basque, along with three single-word translators for it (between Basque, English, and Spanish). [Warning: technospeak] I added the ability to include translators that use POST rather than GET. I’ve done it in a round-about way, but it works. Because of this, I have added Argjiro.net, a single-word translator between English and Albanian. On the language pages I added links to jump within the page if it gets long. The Dictionary Lookup feature (for translating more than one word using a single-word translator) now includes links to the appropriate translator pages.
    The searching by language feature on the language pages has been upgraded quite a bit. Now you can search in the Open Directory (and Google Directory), Google, AltaVista, AlltheWeb, Inktomi (via HotBot), and even the Wikipedia in that language if there is a large one. Included are the twenty largest Wikipedias with the absence of English and Interlingua.

August 9, 2003

I have added the three characters which were missing from the Arabic keyboard, characters used in Farsi. I have added a note about topics and options to the Translators page, and also alongside each translation result on the main page. Today I read up on how to sort arrays in PHP, and so have implemented sorting in about six different places on the language pages and the tools pages

August 8, 2003

I have added the single-word translator LOGOS. LOGOS is a different sort of translator than most of the other ones already included: it has many languages, and can translate between any two of them. I wrote a fair bit of new code to handle translators like these, and I will probably change WorldLingo and InterTran to this format at some point. Note that LOGOS can actually translate more languages than are currently listed on the Translation Wizard. As I add these languages, they will become available.

August 8, 2003

Each language page now links to the relevant Wikipedia article and Languages on the Web links page.

August 7, 2003

I have added two new single-word translators for Estonian, for translations to and from English and Russian. I’ve also noticed some encoding problems when using diactrics, so I will have to look into it.

Minor error fixed, WorldLingo now properly translates Traditional Chinese.

August 7, 2003

I have added four new single-word translators for Slovak, including translation to and from English, German, and Russian. One of these required me to enable the display of translators with diactrics in their titles, however I haven’t gotten this to work for Cryillic letters yet, which is required for one of these.

August 6, 2003

Offical beta launch of the Translation Wizard.


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