[Baypiggies] Using Google translate web page programmaticaly
charles.merriam at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 00:09:28 CET 2008
What are you actually trying to do? Maybe a Pootle server would be
more towards your needs? -- Charles
On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 10:40 PM, Shannon -jj Behrens <jjinux at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:23 AM, Kelly Yancey <kelly at nttmcl.com> wrote:
> > Tony Cappellini wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > >
> > > Have any Baypiggies used the Google translate web page programmaticaly?
> > >
> > > I wish to access this url
> > > * http://translate.google.com/translate_t?langpair=ja|en
> > > (where the from language and to language may vary from request to request)
> > > * submit a text string to be translated
> > > * retrieve the translation or status indicating the translation was
> > > not possible.
> > >
> > I realize this is the opposite direction from what you asked, but
> > whenever I need English to Japanese translations, I just download Jim
> > Breen's edict dictionary file and use the following script:
> > import re
> > def stripAnnotations((ja, en)):
> > ja = re.sub('(?u)\s*\[.*\]\s*', '', ja)
> > en = re.sub('\s*\(.*\)\s*', '', en)
> > return (en, ja)
> > e2j = dict((
> > stripAnnotations(line.decode('euc-jp').split('/')[:2])
> > for line in open('edict').readlines() ))
> > def translateE2J(s):
> > return ''.join(filter(None, map(e2j.get, s.split())))
> > I've found this works just as well as, if not better than, Google
> > Translate or Babblefish(*). I suspect the same technique will work for
> > Japanese to English translation too, once you get the minor issue of
> > word-splitting solved.
> > Kelly
> > (*) Assuming you are trying to produce entertaining jibberish, which I
> > assume you are.
> > ** This entire post is tongue-in-cheek. Seriously, though, don't be
> > cheap: hire a professional to do your translations. You'll be glad
> > you did.
> I'd have to agree with Kelly. If it's open source, get your users to
> do it. We had a lot of success with this approach at Foxmarks. If
> it's for pay, wait until you have some money, and then hire a service.
> I had success with this approach at IronPort. It's not actually all
> that expensive if you do as much setup work as possible.
> The only drawback is that the professional companies seem not to know
> anything about GNU gettext. Apparently, they're only familiar with
> Java property files :-/
> Best Regards,
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