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Ugly Joe
08-08-2004, 05:18 PM
I noticed the Pasofami update on the main page. If babelfish refuses to work (bad encoding or whatever), try <a href=http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url/>http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url/</a>. Put the address into the text input and select the second radio button (default is en->ja, so you have to choose ja->en). It's not much better than babelfish, but it works on (most) pages that babelfish refuses to mangle into english.

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SirDaShadow
08-22-2004, 03:43 AM
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> I noticed the Pasofami update on the main page. If
babelfish refuses to work (bad encoding or whatever), try
> http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url/. Put the address into
the text input and select the second radio button (default
> is en->ja, so you have to choose ja->en). It's not much
better than babelfish, but it works on (most) pages that
> babelfish refuses to mangle into english.
>


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I disagree with that. Excite.jp is so much better than babelfish when it comes from ja->en translation, it's not funny. if you have the needlesearch plugin in firefox, use this line:

http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english/web/body?wb_url=NeedleSearch&wb_lp=JAEN&wb_dis=2

I finally can understand japanese pages so much better than babelfish! Thanks!

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D--
08-28-2004, 02:52 AM
FYI, it's a different core. There's three main machine translators used on websites: WorldLingo, SYSTRAN and Amikai. Babelfish is powered by SYSTRAN. WorldLingo obviously uses its own shit. Excite uses Amikai.

Amikai can also handle Korean and some other languages Babelfish can't, though with Korean the accuracy is just hideous, it makes babelfish using Chinese Simplified on a traditional Chiense page look accurate (and FYI, it will only pick out about every 30 words there,a nd get them wrong).

Anyway, it's been around at least three years. If you're interestedi n Amikai's machine translation software their page is http://www.amikai.com/

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