Search expert Ran Hock—aka the “Extreme Searcher”—treated an overflow audience in the cybercorner of the exhibit hall to a whirlwind tour of language tools for searching the Net. He started with Google Language Tools, which lets you search using your language to search another language and get translated results. While it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at this, Ran says the advances in the newest iteration are quite outstanding. Google does its translations “statistically” rather than using SYSTRAN and Ran likes the results.
He mentioned some other search engine language options, including the advanced search features at Yahoo!, Ask, and Live. Then he quickly toured some excellent dictionary and translation sites and even some language learning sites. It was a lot to cover in 15 minutes but it gave a good flavor of what’s available. And, lucky for us, Ran has posted the links to all of this at www.extremesearcher.com/languages.html. Thanks, Ran!
Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief, ITI