Alta Vista Babel Fish: How to Link to Translated Page

   Posted January 31, 2004 by David Kirk in Internet

Alta Vista’s Babel Fish (now available through Yahoo) is a powerful translation tool. This Tech-Recipes tutorial explains how to pass links through Babel Fish in order to translation them to various languages.


I often read web pages that are written in languages other than English by using Babel Fish.
Recently hanson_mark on slashdot broke down the URL in a way that is easy to understand:

To post a Babel Fish link you can use the following:

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/tr?lp=translate type&url=url to translate

Where "translate type" is one of the following:

en_zh - English to Chinese
en_fr - English to French
en_de - English to German
en_it - English to Italian
en_ja - English to Japanese
en_ko - English to Korean
en_pt - English to Portuguese
en_es - English to Spanish
zh_en - Chinese to English
fr_en - French to English
fr_de - French to German
de_en - German to English
de_fr - German to French
it_en - Italian to English
ja_en - Japanese to English
ko_en - Korean to English
pt_en - Portuguese to English
ru_en - Russian to English
es_en - Spanish to English

Also, make sure the "url to translate" is correctly URL encoded.

For example, the following URL will translate tech-recipes from English into Spanish. All clicks from the URL will be translated into Spanish as well.

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/tr?lp=en_es&url=www.tech-recipes.com

Thank you, hanson_mark.

 

About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
View more articles by David Kirk

The Conversation

Follow the reactions below and share your own thoughts.