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Saturday, 14 August 2010

How Do I add Text in a Foreign Language?



Every now and then, a blogger may wish to add a word to a post, which is written in a Foreign Language.

The word could be in an entirely different script, such as Japanese ( 日本語 ) , Greek ( Ελληνικά ) or even Spanish ( Español ). Maybe you need a word displayed with its accents!

You might like to include a phrase, or paragraph of text, in that Foreign Language, like Bulgarian. That's easy, too! Винаги използвайте Google Инструменти език, когато трябва да добавите чужд език Текст към моя пост! ( I always use Google Language Tool when I need to add Foreign Language text to my post!).


Fortunately, this is not difficult to do with the availability of the Google Language Tool - and it doesn't require a degree in Linguistics, either.





There is, however, one thing to remember - copy the text to Notepad first - then copy that to your blog post. The reason for this is to remove any formatting which Google Language Tool may employ, such as mouse-over pop-up translations.

You might even like to provide a Translation service for your readers... in English, or a Foreign Language?


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Thursday, 12 August 2010

The New Comments system on Blogger



I'm sure the bloggers, lucky enough to have this new feature, will agree with me that it looks great!

Blogger has celebrated it's 11th birthday with a new Comments system - and it's about time! This one looks very shiny, and is as simple as it can be, yet as complex as it should be. Blogger has integrated Google's SPAM filter into this feature, and it will give bloggers everywhere a safer experience - if they use it!

The indication that you have the new Comments system on your blog, is that you will see a new 'Tab' - Comments : -




Click on that Tab, and the next image/screen will appear. This screen gives you three (3) viewing options:

  • Published Comments
  • Comments awaiting moderation (if you have it selected)
  • Suspected SPAM comments











This sleek system provides an alternative to the tiresome email-way of getting comments, moderating them, clicking on Publish etc. It really is convenient.

Removing Comments is also very easy. Blogger has provided a Tab called 'Remove Content'. This feature allows the author of the comment, or the blog owner, to remove the content of a comment, yet retain a record that there was a comment made. This could be handy for your stats, or personal reasons.


You can also remove that comment - permanently. See the next images:










Summary? I think it's great. It's sleek, shiny, and works! Unusual for Blogger to attain all of those in one go! (Now, it's just a matter of waiting for something else to explode! ha ha ha!)


Reference: - Blogger Buzz - August 10, 2010 - 'New Comments System on Blogger'.


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Monday, 9 August 2010

Do You Publish a Non-English Language Blog?



Announcing Cumulus In Your Language, now available for your blog, published in:


If your blog is published in any of the above languages, you can now provide dynamic translation of your blog, or website, by your readers, into any of 60+ other languages.

Installation is simple.

  • Click on the link (above, as available) for your language.
  • That puts you into the Cumulus In Your Language blog, in your language.
  • Make a new HTML gadget for your blog / web site.
  • Copy the code (between the horizontal lines) for your language, into the new gadget in your blog.
  • Change the URL in the gadget, to the URL for your blog.
  • Save your new gadget.
  • Test your new gadget.
  • Get to work writing an article for your blog / web site, explaining to your readers how your blog / web site is now multi-lingual.


How do you use this gadget?


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Thursday, 5 August 2010

What happens to my blog when I die?



If you are a regular visitor to the Blogger Help Forum, you may, occasionally, see this question asked;

"How do I delete a blog when the owner has died? No-one knows the password!"


Well, it's not a nice situation to be in, I would imagine. I was actually discussing this question with my mate recently, which undoubtedly prompted him to write his post on this subject.

The answer is there, for all to read.


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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Foreign Language Translators



As I previously mentioned, back in December, for readers to be able to translate your blog into their language, is very convenient, and will increase the time they spend on your blog. It will also increase your readership, which we all want.

For over two years, Nitecruzr and I, have been slowly building our Language Translator gadget, and, apart from being able to translate English blogs into about 50+ other languages, we also worked on Cumulus Language Blogs - our project for Foreign Language blogs. We now have about 11 of these blogs, plus English, to show how easy it is to provide translations for your readers.

Why only 11? The reason is that we picked some of the most spoken languages in the world to do, first. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be more - very soon.

The ease with which this Translator gadget works, has to be seen to be believed. You can now provide this service to your readers. It's as simple as adding the 'code' to an html/Javascript gadget.



Don't forget also, to see my 'How to use it' post.

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