FCIL Newsletter/May 1998
v. 12, no. 3
AltaVista's Babelfish Provides Free Online
Researchers of foreign and international law often come across promising
Web sites in foreign languages. A new online translation service, Babelfish,
provides free translations from German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
into English and vice-versa. Babelfish can be accessed at http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/.
Please note that this computerized translation program, offered by the
Web search engine AltaVista, does not handle complex sentences, ambiguous
words, or synonyms perfectly. National Public Radio's All Things Considered
provided examples of translation mishaps in a story aired on February 12,
1998. For a summary of the All Things Considered story, or to access a
RealAudio file of the actual story, point your Web browser to http://www.npr.org
and run a search for "babelfish."
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