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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Posts - 2 - Define/Translate

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Google/Blogger have released what I think is a great feature - Define/Translate - on the Compose Mode editor.

This feature allows the blogger to check the definition of wording, or to translate it into one of many (59) languages. To the best of my knowledge, most of the previous Transliteration languages are available in this feature. This could account for Blogger engineers disabling Transliteration, for a short time, recently. Anyway, this is a great feature and with a little guess-work, I had success using it.

The Define option, brings definitions from Wiki to a pop-up, where you can ensure you are using the correct word, or learn its meaning. The secret is to highlight the word, then click on the little toolbar icon...

I don't think the Define feature likes two words, at once, as can be seen in this next image. Although correct, the definition was inappropriate for my example. There's no 'choice', either. No list to choose from. So, it's one word at a time from now on. When you're finished, click 'Done'.

With the Translate option, once again, highlight the word(s), and select the language you want. You have two Language drop-downs - from and to. You can toggle by clicking 'Swap'. Once you Translate the word(s), copy and paste the translations into your post...

This feature is not available in the HTML Editor, but you can copy and paste, or run any risk to formatting, by switching to and fro.


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