Google has long been working on their machine translation offerings. Over last year, they’ve added translation services to Google Reader, Google Toolbar, and Google Docs. And now they’re bringing their translation skillz to you—on your website.
Google announced a new translation widget on Monday, bringing Google Translate to any site. Insert a short script—a mere snippet of code—and users visiting your site will be prompted to translate it into their own language:
Google acknowledges that there are some limitations to their
Automatic translation is convenient and helps people get a quick gist of the page. However, it’s not a perfect substitute for the art of professional translation.
Thank you for your humility, Google (even though in our tests, we’ve seen that sometimes we can’t even get the gist of the translated text). Fifty-one languages are available in Google Translate.
What do you think? Will you use Google Translate for your site? Do you use any other translation products?