Firefox Learned to Translate Web Pages Offline

Andrew Singleton

2022-06-10

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Mozilla developers are currently working on the so-called Bergamot Project. It should make machine translation more accessible, including running directly on devices rather than in the cloud. As part of this global initiative, the company has released Firefox Translations. It is a special add-on that allows you to translate web pages even if you do not have Internet access.

This extension gives you the opportunity to translate the texts on pages in the browser into the desired language and vice versa. It uses the resources of the device from which you are currently working. Only nine languages ​​are currently available, but the developers are working on expanding the capabilities of this add-on. Now they are implementing four more options. When you install Translations on your device, you will be able to translate web page content into English, Czech, Spanish, Bokmål Norwegian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Estonian. Soon the developers promise to add Nynorsk (another form of Norwegian), Russian, Icelandic, and Farsi.

In addition to offline translation, this extension has two very important features. Firstly, now you can use it to translate forms. Secondly, you’ll be able to estimate the quality of the translation. The add-on evaluates the finished text and highlights those segments that seem the least reliable. It will allow you to avoid errors in interpretation. Translations are already available in the following browser versions: General Release, Nightly, and Beta.

Speaking of the main competitor of this service, Google Translate now offers support for 133 languages. At the May conference, the developers announced that they had added 24 more new options. What machine-learning translator do you prefer to use? What languages ​​would you add next to Firefox Translations next?

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