Google Just Launched Translator Toolkit Data API

google_fullGoogle announces today on their official blog the release of the Google Translator Toolkit Data API. Translator Toolkit is a powerful but easy-to-use editor that enables translators to bring a human touch to machine translation through translation search, bilingual dictionaries, and custom terminology databases. Using Translator Toolkit, you can translate HTML, Word, AdWords, Wikipedia, and other documents in a WYSIWYG (“what-you-see-is-what-you-get”) editor, share them with other users, and download their translations onto your desktop.

Through Google’s new Translator Toolkit Data API, you can upload, share, download, and delete your documents, glossaries, and translation memories using the Google Data Protocol. That means that integrating human translation into your translators’ workflow just got easier! Here are a few things you can do with the Translator Toolkit API posted by Google:

  • Automatically connect your content management system (CMS) with Translator Toolkit. You can transform your content into HTML files, protect sections of HTML from translation through the class="notranslate" attribute, upload the HTML files, share the files with your translators, download the translated HTML, and then transform and upload the documents back into your CMS.
  • Automatically connect your file system with Translator Toolkit. You can create a cron job that uploads files into Translator Toolkit, shares the files with your translators, then downloads completed files back to the file system.

For now, the API is available in labs as they rapidly add features based on your feedback. You can check out the related documentation, where you’ll find the Java client library and a developer guide to get you started.

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