Hot news: Google has launched a search interface for searching online glossaries!
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May 22, 2002

Hello there,

This tip comes from Michael Molin from Transhub ( ) and was posted at GlossPost ( ) this morning.

Google has made an experimental search interface for searching online glossaries, similar to News.Google, Images.Google and other interfaces.

You can check it out at

As far as I could tell, only English definitions are covered so far, type anything in another language and you will get zero results. But they provide a feedback button and a discussion forum, so there is a chance that if an overwhelming number of translators requests advanced language features they might include them in a new release.

I also tried general language words such as vexation and oxymoron and got no direct results to Merriam-Webster or other standard dictionaries, which would be a welcome addition.

This is exciting news for the translating community. I\'ve always said that if I get a tatoo it will be a sailor\'s heart with Google splashed accross it!


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More goodies on Google Labs May 22, 2002

Here\'s Tara Calishain\'s report ( ) on Google Glossary and some other goodies available at Google Labs

Google Opens Up Google Labs...

... and all I can think of is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. Anyway, Google has launched their own lab space, and lucky us, we get to play in it! The labs site is at .

At the moment -- and I say at the moment because the page warns that things might disappear or not function correctly, this is a LAB after all -- there are four things available on the site right now.

Google Glossary -- -- A search engine for acronyms and abbreviations as well as acronym. It found TMTOWDI and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt, but missed on MST3K and googlewhack. Entries include a brief definition, a link to an informative page, definition links to and Merriam-Webster, and related phrases if any.

Google Sets -- -- Oh, this is cute. I like this. Enter a few terms, and Google will try to come up with an appropriate set of phrases. For example, enter Amazon and Borders and Google will come up with Borders, Amazon, Barnes Noble, Buy Com, Media Play, Suncoast, Samgoody, etc. Some of the groups are just weird. Enter vegan and vegetarian and you\'ll get veal, Valentine\'s Day, Tasmania -- it goes a bit far afield. You can click on any item in a group list and get a regular Google search.

Google Voice Search -- --Ooo, even MORE cool. Dial the number on the page, and you\'ll be prompted to say a search. Speak your search and then

click on the noted link. Every time you say a new search, the result page will refresh with your new query (you have to have JavaScript enabled for this to work.)

This are NEAT. Except sometimes Goocleo (\"Call me now!\") didn\'t understand my voice. It got Elliot Ness okay, and George Bush no problem, but Fred became Friend and \"Ethel Merman\" became Apple Mountain. It also goes kinda fast. I felt like Goocleo was rushing me even though she\'s a computer.

Google Keyboard Shortcuts -- -- Alas, I could not get this to work in Opera 6.x. It worked fine in Mozilla. This is a way to move around search results using only the keyboard. Instead of a cursor you follow a little cluster of balls on the right side of the screen. This worked very smoothly in Mozilla -- I was able to move up and down results very quickly and page loading was very fast.

This is a lot of fun. Go play in the lab.


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