Position the cursor over this word and wait 2 to 3 seconds: Dictionary.
Then move the cursor away from the yellow window that has just appeared.
You should see the word over which you positioned the cursor appear in a separate yellow window below your cursor. After a second or two you should see the French word for Dictionary in the same window.
In order to get rid of the yellow window and resume reading the webpage, simply move the cursor away from the window. Please remember that you can only have one yellow window up at a time. If you move the cursor into the yellow window, or on a browser scroll bar then the yellow window will stay on the screen until you move the cursor away from these items.
On Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Epiphany you can select up to 500 characters of text, position your cursor within the selected text and the Reference Portal will translate your selected text.
This is the attraction of using the SecureCottage Reference Portal. After you have typed in an URL into the form input window to the right and hit Go To Url, you can position the cursor on any word in any webpage you navigate to and see the foreign language meaning very quickly. At least much quicker than you can look up the dictionary by yourself.
The advantage to the Portal is that no Firefox toolbars or Internet Explorer ActiveX controls need to be installed. There is a real reluctance to download and install these devices on people's computers.
The Portal will try to put the dictionary lookup affect on every webpage you navigate to. However, there are some URLs that will escape dictionary lookup.
Most websites, however, will be have the dictionary lookup feature.
The program can only be as good as the dictionaries it queries. Google is currently queried for all the languages, although other dictionaries have been used in the past. SecureCottage queries Google's translation API in a Google approved manner.
Currently supported languages are: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Translations from and to any of these languages is supported.
Here are two gifs that show the kinds of popup windows you will receive by positioning the cursor over a word in a webpage.