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Translate That Webpage!

Posted on 3.14.2006
Welcome to the flat world. If you look closely at your web statistics you may find that a segment of your traffic originates from outside the country you operate your website from. In an increasingly flat (globally interconnected) world you may want to consider translating your web pages (or at least providing the opportunity to translate online content) and help those 'Net visitors access your content. As most global companies provide translations features so readers can review content in their native language, a vast majority do not.
 The main problem with using an automatic translation services such as Google Translate or Babelfish is that they only translate words and not the meanings (or the nuances) of a language. Essentially, translation has a long way to go, but you as a website owner, marketer or developer can help refine users experience and provide alternative options - you may even find some new Korean, Portuguese, French or German web log readers if you're lucky.

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