- Translation company based in London England serving businesses
throughout the world.
The Reference Portal with Karaoke Text To Speech
Tested on Internet Explorer (6,7,8,9)
, Firefox (1,2,3,4)
(recommended), Windows Safari 3+
(Works on Apple Computers) (Does not work on Konqueror)
Translation of Selected Text (and Text To Speech) works on Internet Explorer
Text To Speech does not work on early versions of
Flash.(Only Safari v5 with latest version of QuickTime has been tested)
This project is now open source at code.google.com
the name of googletrans
!! Anyone can now
use the code for free.
You need to hold down the SHIFT key now as well as position the cursor in order to get the popup
GoogleTrans is now available as a Greasemonkey script. As a greasemonkey script GoogleTrans can do cursor hover/dictionarylookup/wikipedialookup on all webpages that appear on your Firefox browser. See here
for more info on this.
Position the cursor over this word and hit the SHIFT key: Dictionary.
Then move the cursor away from the beige window that has just appeared.
You should see the word over which you positioned the cursor appear
in a separate beige 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 beige window and resume reading the webpage, simply move the cursor away from the window.
Please remember that you can only have one beige window
up at a time. If you move the cursor into the beige
window, or on a browser scroll bar then the beige
window will stay on the screen until you move the
cursor away from these items.
On Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, 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
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.
Any URL you type in the address bar.
Many email clients websites will not work because
of sophisticated webwork that prevents proxies
from using them.
you may have runtime errors in Internet Explorer. You can
simply say 'no' to debugging these errors and continue to
use the webpage. If it is a problem then use the
- If using IE, IFrames are not shown in the Portal.
Many commercial websites use them for placing ads. These
ads often have cross document scripting that causes an
error in Internet Explorer while using the Portal.
Most websites, however, will be have the dictionary
Most form submissions will keep dictionary lookup on their returned
It works on most links in menus.
In general the Firefox browser is recommended for this Portal. Internet Explorer may have runtime errors
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
Windows Safari v3 is also okay.
How do I set the language to translate to?
Position the cursor over a word and get the beige window up.
Then click on the language designator (ie., 'English:French') link. This is the first line of
the new beige window.
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.
- Position the cursor over a word and get the beige window up
- Click on the 'Wikipedia?' link.
- A menu of links will appear in a beige 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 'www.securecottage.com' in order for the
Wikipedia articles to appear quickly in your web browser.
Try out GoogleTrans-Speak with karaoke
. Select some text, position the cursor within the selected text and hold the ESC key down for a second (that's at the top left hand corner of the keyboard). If you are on Firefox 3.5+ or IE9 a sound bar will shortly appear, or
a Flash soundplayer if you are on IE pre 9. Click on the start button of this sound bar and the selected text will be spoken to you. English, Spanish, and French
have been tested so far, but other languages (from espeak) are now available. The word being spoken will now be selected on the screen allowing people who are learning foreign languages to follow what word is being spoken. It's text to speech on any webpage with
karaoke. Try it.
The program can only be as good as the dictionaries
Google is currently queried for all the languages,
although other dictionaries have been used in
SecureCottage queries Google's translation API
in a Google approved manner.
Currently supported languages are:
All 50 languages currently supported by Google
Translations from and to any of these languages is
- Iforms in IE are removed.
Movies and Flash files must be designated with absolute
URLs for right now.
- When using text selection translation, sometimes on IE parts of the selected text will unselect after the beige window pops up.