Lazyweb: guess source and taget languages for translation

I use and Google Translate fairly often and am annoyed that both require me to specify both source (text to be translated) and destination languages. The former could be guessed at from the input text and the latter trivially obtained from browser settings (Google at least defaults to English destination at and Spanish at

, failing AltaVista and Google fixing this, someone should write a script that does.

Comments at this article point to various language detection techniques.

3 Responses

  1. […] I was inspired to do this by Mike Linsvayer’s post on the same subject. […]

  2. Some of your wish fulfilled at See my post at for a firefox bookmarklet.

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