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Google Translate's online virtual keyboard

I just noticed that they provide a language specific keyboard, which is very handy for users of different keyboards including US / UK.

URL: http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#de|en|

Click on the small keyboard icon for a virtual keyboard to pop out and accented characters can be clicked for translation.
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

This would be REALLY handy, except that I don't see the keyboard icon
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Old 16.12.2010, 11:50
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

Strange. It works for me.

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Old 16.12.2010, 11:53
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

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This would be REALLY handy, except that I don't see the keyboard icon
Same is the case with me.
Which web browser you are using?
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Old 16.12.2010, 11:57
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

My browser is Firefox 3.6.13
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Old 16.12.2010, 12:03
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

on a sort of related subject - does anyone know a site with a general use virtual keyboard? would be handy when using public internet points
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

Try this as a Firefox Add-on

Includes several keyboards:
- en-US
- ru (Cyrillic)
-de-At and ALTde-At keyboard. The de-AT keyboard has a ALT GR button that accesses(toggles between) the extra keys included in the ALTde-AT keyboard.
- dingbats-MISC keyboard adds some characters from the dingbats and misc unicode character sets.

The localized keyboards are switch-able from the TGL menu in the vkeyboard. Also if your locale matches an installed keyboard then that keyboard will be displayed as the default vkeyboard. Currently these include de-AT, ru and en-US
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

great thing with the keyboard. I use firefox 3.6.13.
I find the google translate very handy and cleverly designed.
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

Fun with audio - turn up your speakers and click on the
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You have way too much time on your hands... rofl

Thanks for the virtual keyboard tip - would have been handier before we bought the new laptop with the Euro keyboard (with the Y & Z swapped) d'oh
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

It works on google.com but not on google.co.uk

I guess that it will be added in time.
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Busy day at the office? brilliant !
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

It's fascinating to see how much Google Translate has improved in the past 4 years and how many Google services use it.



"Google Translate is a free tool that enables you to translate sentences, documents and even whole websites instantly. But how exactly does it work? While it may seem like we have a room full of bilingual elves working for us, in fact all of our translations come from computers. These computers use a process called 'statistical machine translation' -- which is just a fancy way to say that our computers generate translations based on patterns found in large amounts of text.

But let's take a step back. If you want to teach someone a new language you might start by teaching them vocabulary words and grammatical rules that explain how to construct sentences. A computer can learn foreign language the same way - by referring to vocabulary and a set of rules. But languages are complicated and, as any language learner can tell you, there are exceptions to almost any rule. When you try to capture all of these exceptions, and exceptions to the exceptions, in a computer program, the translation quality begins to break down. Google Translate takes a different approach.

Instead of trying to teach our computers all the rules of a language, we let our computers discover the rules for themselves. They do this by analyzing millions and millions of documents that have already been translated by human translators. These translated texts come from books, organizations like the UN and websites from all around the world. Our computers scan these texts looking for statistically significant patterns -- that is to say, patterns between the translation and the original text that are unlikely to occur by chance. Once the computer finds a pattern, it can use this pattern to translate similar texts in the future. When you repeat this process billions of times you end up with billions of patterns and one very smart computer program. For some languages however we have fewer translated documents available and therefore fewer patterns that our software has detected. This is why our translation quality will vary by language and language pair. We know our translations aren't always perfect but by constantly providing new translated texts we can make our computers smarter and our translations better. So next time you translate a sentence or webpage with Google Translate, think about those millions of documents and billions of patterns that ultimately led to your translation - and all of it happening in the blink of an eye."
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

Another I saw doing the rounds on Facebook about a fortnight ago:

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Type: pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpvpvzk kkkkk bsch

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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

Someone should introduce this woman to Stephen Hawking..

Beatbox didn't work

I do use the translator from time to time but its not 100% accurate, so don't do like a supplier did , just copy it over.. things can go wrong
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Re: Goggle Translate's online virtual keyboard

I started a new thread on Chrome, the google browser with integrated on-the-fly translation which is mighty useful in all swiss related activities (alas I have not yet started learning Ze German). It got taken down for some reason (advertising maybe?)

Anyway, it's great, I highly recommend it to anyone who's stumped by a website with no English translation. Also, if you know the translation is crummy for some words, you can suggest an improvement to Google.

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