Mozilla has released an update to Firefox Translations that adds support for French, Polish, and Ukrainian translations to the Firefox browser add-on.
Firefox Translations is Mozilla’s answer to Google Translate, Microsoft Translate and other translation services. Unlike the aforementioned services, Firefox Translate is designed to work offline to improve user privacy and other use cases.
Mozilla began integrating Firefox Translations in May 2021 into Firefox. Back then, it was an experimental add-on that only supported a few languages. In May 2022, Mozilla released a new version of Firefox Translations, which extended language support to additional languages and improved integration into the Firefox web browser.
The latest Firefox Translations update, released on July 22, 2022, introduces support for French, Polish, and Ukrainian translations. Integration works just like in other languages. When you visit a foreign language page, Firefox Translations displays its toolbar on the page. A language file is downloaded to the system when the translate button is selected; this happens once for each of the supported languages, but only if the language is required.
A click on the Firefox Translations icon in the browser’s address bar toggles the page’s translation toolbar. The toolbar includes options to never translate content from a specific site, never translate a language, enable form translation, and manually select a source language from the list of available languages.
The new version of Firefox Translations, version 1.1.3, includes several improvements and changes in addition to these. Language detection is improved in the new version, as the extension now also checks the page markup to take information into account when determining the language of a web page.
Other changes include a new high-resolution icon that makes the user interface responsive to display issues and improvements to on-page translations.
Some users may experience problems with the newly added languages. It may not appear in the “this page is in” dropdown box, and no “never translate language” option may be available. Translations work by simply activating the translate button, and Mozilla is already working on a fix.
Firefox Translations is making progress. While it still has a long way to go before adding support for most languages, it’s getting better with every release.
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