Translation service - Translation company based in London England serving businesses throughout the world.

The SecureCottage Reference Portal

Tested on Internet Explorer (6,7, and 8), Firefox (1,2, and 3)(recommended), Windows Safari 3, Epiphany and Opera
(Works on Apple Computers) (Does not work on Konqueror)
Translation of Selected Text works on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Epiphany
Paul Cheffers

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.

If you want to learn how to access Wikipedia articles by cursor positioning go here. If you wish a more detailed image of what is in the two types of popup window that appear, go here.

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.

No Toolbars or ActiveX controls are required.

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.

In general the Firefox browser is recommended for this Portal. Internet Explorer may have runtime errors on certain Javascript practices that sophisticated websites use. These will tend to happen if the debugging options are enabled. They will tend not to happen if the debugging options are turned off (default). For the most part, if these errors occur, you can simply say 'no' to the debug question and continue using the website. Windows Safari v3 is also okay.

How do I set the language to translate to?

  1. Position the cursor over a word and get the yellow window up.
  2. Then click on the language designator (ie., 'English:French') link. This is the first line of the new yellow window.
  3. From there you will be prompted with two combo boxes allowing you to change the From language and the To language designation. (Any combination of these languages will be translated. This setting is permanent until you reset it again.)

How do I reference Wikipedia articles.

  1. Position the cursor over a word and get the yellow window up
  2. Click on the 'Wikipedia?' link.
  3. A menu of links will appear in a yellow window. A cascade of words will appear in the window, all of these are queries to Wikipedia. Pick the combination of words that equals your query. Usually, if a person, as most likely, you will pick the link with two words. Try it and see how it goes. You may have to allow popups for '' in order for the Wikipedia articles to appear quickly in your web browser.
  1. Iforms in IE are removed.
  2. Movies and Flash files must be designated with absolute URLs for right now.
  3. When using text selection translation, sometimes on IE parts of the selected text will unselect after the yellow window pops up.

The Two Kinds of Popup Windows

Here are two gifs that show the kinds of popup windows you will receive by positioning the cursor over a word in a webpage.