Browser allows users to read foreign language web pages

Firefox has added a feature to its web browser that allows a user to read a web page in a foreign language.

Firefox has added a feature to its web browser that allows a user to read a web page in a foreign language.

A new plug-in identifies the language used on a web page and automatically provides a translation, leaving the layout of the page unchanged.

The plug-in, designed by the San Francisco-based Worldwide Lexicon project, recognises over 40 languages. Users start by telling the software which language they prefer. When a page written in a different language loads, the software searches for translations provided by the project's community of volunteers. If none is available it uses an online service, such as Google Translate.

A test version of the plug-in is available at the Firefox website.

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