The next real big step for the Internet in revolutionising this planet is, I am convinced, mass accurate translation so that the language barriers that have divided and enclosed the world ever since we as a species first started talking, will be if not exactly cast away, certain diminished.
And so I have installed a translation plug-in for this blog as an experiment. There are about five out there that plugin to WordPress. I would like to say I will test them all, find the best, and write about it but I already know I won’t have time. Anyway, let’s see how it handles this post.
This is terrific – looks at the little flags under the search on the right-hand-side. Just click on your flag and the site is translated. I have a choice of Google translation engine or BabelFish. Gone with Google for the meantime. Now the big question is: is the translation good enough to be worthwhile for people to read or is it just frustrating? It’s a very difficult thing to judge. Any readers whose first language is not English that may try this, please, please do comment below on what you think.