website translator gadget, site owners can paste a short snippet of code into their websites and instantly increase their reach to up to 51 languages.Google is now giving webmasters the ability to prompt users for automatic translations of their pages. With the new
The gadget will automatically detect a user's preferred language, and if that user's language settings differ from the content on the gadget-enabled website, a frame will appear over the web page, prompting the user to click a button for instant translation of all text content.
In a post today on the official Google blog, these screenshots were used to illustrate the simple, streamlined process:
Of course, the new feature will only work as well as Google Translate, which project manager Jeff Chin admits is best used to let readers "get the gist" of a page. Still, giving webmasters control over how users see their pages - with minimal effort and no downloads on the user's part - will likely do a lot to expand both the reach of a given website and the breadth of information available to Internet users around the world.