Google adds editing tools to online translation

Translators can save time by editing machine translated content

Google has brought out a translator toolkit that combines the company's machine translation technology with online tools for manually editing content.

An earlier product, Google translate, allowed users to translate and read Web sites and plain text in a number of languages. The new translator toolkit targets users who want to edit and polish the translated text, and share or publish it, said Prasad Ram, center head and engineering director at Google India R&D, on Tuesday.

Google's statistical machine translation technology is trained using parallel streams of text in both the original language and the target language. Editing of machine translated text by users of the translator toolkit will help train the machine translation technology to a higher degree of accuracy, Ram said.

Google's Indian R&D lab developed the new product, which is the latest of a number of tools developed by Google in India to improve access to content in local languages, Ram said.

The products, like Google's transliteration application, are built in India, and are inspired by problems in India, but are designed to have global relevance, Ram added.

The translator toolkit supports 47 languages, including five Indian languages. "We have covered more than 98 percent of the world's population," said Michael Galvez, product manager at Google.

Instead of re-creating content in local languages, Google translate and the translator toolkit allow people to translate existing content, Ram said.

By an arrangement with Wikipedia, users can download a Wikipedia entry into the translator toolkit, translate it into a local language using machine translation, correct and polish the translation and post it to the online encyclopedia.

The editing can be done using a document layout that general users are familiar with, Ram said.

Professional translators can also upload personal files to the translator toolkit, and use the toolkit provided by Google, which includes a glossary, and dictionary, among other features, Galvez said. The local file and the translation can be kept private, he added.

A translation memory database in the toolkit provides lookups to previous translations of similar sentences and text, Ram said.

The toolkit is likely to be useful to publishers of news sites who now can target new audiences with local language editions at a lower cost, Ram said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googletranslation

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?