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Automated Website Language Translation

Automated Website Language Translation

 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |  Views:1,184 |  Posted by: John Marx |  Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 17 Seconds |  Article Tags: 

We were talking about how best to handle the translation of our website JM2 Webdesigners during the past week. We have two choices (1) human translation of all current and future pages for every language manually or (2) have the computer do it for us. We opted for the computer translation which is quite good. What we decided we will post beneath each of the available options which we feel will help those of you that may need to have a translated solution on your website.

Human Translation

There are many companies that offer translation services and will almost always produce a better product than the computer translation almost every time. The reason than a human is better is that human languages are very sophisticated and complex with all of the possible constructs. The benefits of a human translator are:

  • Primary language expertise
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Human translators are experts in their individual language(s)

Computer Translation

With what we have researched the offerings that were available and the one we have chosen is from Bing (Computer Translation) as it covered the languages that we needed and provided the fastest turnaround and lowest cost of doing business. You will see at the top right of our page the Bing translation service. If you click this you can choose from a multitude of languages for automatic translation of any page on our website.

The key for an automated solution requires that the original text be as grammatically correct as possible, have complete sentences, concise and to the point.

The benefits of a human translator are:

  • Fastest turnaround
  • Over 99% accurate
  • Ability to customize our own dictionary for the languages we need the translation to be as accurate as possible
  • Ability for visitors to provide feedback on the translation (e.g. make the translations better for a specfic language)

There are several translators out on the internet. The major ones are:

We chose to go with the automated computer translation service. The hard part was choosing between Google and Bing as both of these services do a word for word translation and don't take syntax of the language into account. Both of these services were both free for our general use with paid options for increased use. Both services could be incorporated because of our site design in a matter of minutes. In the end we opted for the Bing solution for translation services.

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John has been an entrepreneur and pusher of all things “normal”. He was brought up where a handshake is as good as any word and even more important than any legal speak. John believes in giving back and giving people more than they expect. This is the foundation and basis of JM2 Webdesigners & Marketing. The prices will shock you, the amount you get will shock you even more, and the skills his entire team brings will completely amaze. He has built a team of experts that are talented, young, and efficient. Each one has the characteristics of the company in wanting to see a small business grow and each one goes above, and beyond which makes John beyond proud of them.

So why is John considered the “Code Ninja”. It’s isn’t because people fear ninja’s (they should). They will fight until their last breath defending, achieving the mission, and helping (in this case small businesses). John believes in very surgical strikes to help a business grow using agile methods that change rapidly, in ways people don’t expect, and with a relentless passion to achieve greatness.

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