The New Mozilla Features Offline Translation

Mozilla is a popular browser that will release a new feature that will help users to translate offline via a plugin. Firefox Translations requires downloading some files the first time you convert the text to a specific language. The system will handle the offline translation automatically, rather than sending the information to a data center for cloud processing.

The plugin is a result of a partnership between Mozilla with the European Union-funded Project Bergamot, the University of Edinburgh, Charles University, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Tartu. The neural tools to help Mozilla create an offline translation option. According to Mozilla, the engine, language models, and in-page translation algorithms would be executed entirely on the user’s computer, so it doesn’t need time to process in the cloud, making it entirely private.

According to TechCrunch, there is a limitation so far because the plugin can only translate English and 12 other languages so far. They are Spanish, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian Bokmal and Nynorsk, Persian, Portuguese and Russian.

The company also did a project to create a training pipeline through which volunteers can assist by helping train new models so more languages can be added. So, Firefox Translations is still developing and improving too.

As you may know, Google Translate can support up to 133 languages. Apple and Google both have mobile apps that can also handle offline translations.

When users access the web, a popup will offer a translation option. The benefit of its service is avoiding the need to transfer it to and from a data center could be a boon for privacy and security.

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