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Create Multilingual website with Yahoo Translation Tools

Add Yahoo Language Translation using Yahoo Linguistic Tools.

With over 65% of web users speaking a language other than English, providing the means of translating websites with English content to another language is very essential.

This is short tutorial for adding Yahoo Language Translation to your blog or website. Non-English speaking visitors to your website can translate your website content with a simple click of the mouse.

Earlier, we discussed techniques to create a multilingual website using World Lingo, Google Translate and Altavista Babelfish. Yahoo! Translation Technology is powered by Systran.

Yahoo Systran Translation can convert English content pages to Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Korean Portuguese and Russian. The translated pages can even be bookmarked.

Your website visitors will see a list of languages that they convert the current webpage in a drop-down menu like the one below.

Here's the underlying HTML webpage translation code that you can copy-paste in your blog or website templates.

<form method="get"
<input name="urltext" size="45" value="URL_GOES_HERE" >
<select name="lp">
<option value="en_zh">English to Chinese (Simplified)</option>
<option value="en_zt">English to Chinese (Traditional)</option>
<option value="en_nl">English to Dutch</option>
<option value="en_fr">English to French</option>
<option value="en_de">English to German</option>
<option value="en_el">English to Greek</option>
<option value="en_it">English to Italian</option>
<option value="en_ja">English to Japanese</option>
<option value="en_ko">English to Korean</option>
<option value="en_pt">English to Portuguese</option>
<option value="en_ru">English to Russian</option>
<option value="en_es">English to Spanish</option>
<input value="Translate" type="submit"></td>
Remember to replace URL_GOES_HERE with the permanent link (URL) of the webpage where you are putting the translation code.

Here are possible substitutions for various blogging platforms.

Blogger/Blogspot - <$BlogItemPermalinkUrl$>
WordPress - <?php the_permalink(); ?>
TypePad/Movable Type - <$MTEntryPermalink$>

Note - an international web site is one that is intended for an international audience, and a multilingual web site refers to a web site that uses more than one language. An international web site may or may not be multilingual, just as a multilingual web site may or may not be international.

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