Day: September 9, 2008

Transliteration – the Babel fish is here


One of the more intriguing developments this year to hit the front line is the dynamic conversion of languages.

Imagine your local global mega bank sets up a discussion forum for small businesses (as Bank of America and others have successfully done). No long do they need to work on a long gradual roll out for each country.

Thanks to the new Google ‘Babel Fish’.

It is not actually called that, I suspect because other people hold the rights to that term (all credit to Douglas Adams for popularising it though).

The new Google AJAX APIs allow corporate web deveopers to provide dynamic language conversion in as little as 10 lines of code.

So if you have a blog with comments in a other languages they can be dynamically converted.

More on the Google Code site for the AJAX Language APIs