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Maria Asis  Identity Verified
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May 16, 2007

...I had a new technology that could make this."

Have you ever found yourself at work thinking that you would be more productive or/and more comfortable if a new useful ad hoc technology existed?

I've often thought of something like this. An automatic application searching for a term in Google and providing results with both the original term document along with its corresponding translated document in my language.

I know I can find bilingual files doing a search, but there are still several steps before coming to the translation.

Is there an application that already gets such beautiful results?

Thanks!

María José


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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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Steps are good news May 16, 2007

Nice idea, but I suspect that if such an application existed, it would be seized on and used by machine translation developers. They would then be able to demonstrate high quality machine translation -- and you would be out of a job.

The fact that there are several steps is, perversely, good news for us human beings.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Google with wild cards May 16, 2007

If you have one word to help you find another you want, of which you only have some letters, as in a crossword puzzle I am doing at the moment, it would be useful if you could search for the second word using asterisks as wild cards (I've tried it and it doesn't work, you just get the isolated letters). In case anyone can help, the clue is just one word, "Ionia", and the answer is a six-letter word G*E*G*.

[Edited at 2007-05-16 13:34]


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Hello again,

Googling in Spanish "Ionia", it says it is one of the Greek islands... Greece jumps to mind (maybe that last 'g' is not there?).

Good luck and let us know what it is.

Best,

Mar


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Mar, you're right May 16, 2007

Charlie Bavington emailed me with that suggestion and it turned out to be correct.

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Jörgen Slet  Identity Verified
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Ionian column May 16, 2007

Mar Rodríguez wrote:

Hello again,

Googling in Spanish "Ionia", it says it is one of the Greek islands... Greece jumps to mind


"Ionian column" is what jumps to my mind when I hear the word "Ionia"

http://www.parissis.net/images/ionian-column.gif

But I do wish Google had proper wildcard and fuzzy search support. Back in the early days of search engines the ones I used did offer both, as far as I remember.


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