Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Translator Option - Use
Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.
As with all products, there is a learning curve. It's no different with the use of the Language Options available on the Report blog. If you look on this page, you'll see them - just waiting for you to click on them.
Using the Language Option, or as Chuck calls it, the Multi-Lingual Translator, is easy. Once you have it installed correctly, on your blog, which is easy, it'll be a snap to use. Simply follow these instructions.
From your normal blog, choose the Language you want. There are currently 54 available, of which I have all displayed on this blog. If you don't recognise a flag, simply hover your mouse over it, and a 'pop-up' will describe the language available - on that particular flag.
Once you have selected the Language you want, Google Translator will navigate/transport you to that Translate Screen. You can view one page per time, or the whole Blog. If you wish to view the Original English again, simply click the Back-Page Arrow in the top left-hand corner of your screen, or click where it says, Original, in the top right corner. Let's suppose you selected Greek, as I have here. You'd click on the blue and white Greek Flag, and would be transported to this following screen.
Once on the translator screen, you can navigate to the original language without leaving the translator. Simply select Original view. Then, hover the mouse over any word, or phrase, to have it translated.
You'll also notice when you look at the above image, there is a 'pop-up' showing. When you hover your mouse over a word, or phrase, and you'll see Google has also provided an option which allows you to contribute a proper/decent suggestion for better wording. Google realises that sometimes a word may vary in meaning, from region to region, or dialect, so they give you the chance to make suggestions which would be more suitable.
If you translate a blog to another language, and decide that you would prefer a different language, you can now select a new language from the Translator screen - without returning to the original blog. Simply change the languages in the 'from' and 'to' boxes and click 'translate'. In the following image, I changed from Greek, which was my initial choice, to Estonian. I can still view the Original blog, too ...
Pretty smart, eh? I think Google has done well, here, and I also believe there's a lot more Languages soon to be available. Keep watching!
*See the latest: Update - Dec. 2009
Reported by Roberto on Wednesday, February 20, 2008