Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 13:08:46 EST
From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Automatic translation

This was posted recently on the discussion list for administrators of ACLS
societies. (Yes, there's a list for everything!) It's news to me . . . and
maybe news to some others on ADS-L. - Allan Metcalf

I have recently
learned of an interesting website developed by Digital that offers instant
translations between English and German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and
Spanish. By putting a link on your homepage to that site, users can have
your pages and all hyperlinks in your site translated into one of these

Go to and type in
the URL for you homepage and select a language into which you would like it
translated. Follow the hyperlinks in your pages to see them translated as
well. Graphics are unchanged but all text is translated.

The site works the other way as well. Should you know of a website in one
of these languages you would like translated, simply insert the URL and ask
that it be in English.

Obviously, there will be the inaccuracies (and perhaps humorous
consequences) that are present in computer translations, but until
StarTrek's universal translator badge comes to market, this is the next
best thing. It offers great promise for international communication
through the internet. I'm sure many of you will want to bookmark the
altavista site, if not link your pages to it as well.

Ron Pipkin
Law and Society Association