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Hanselminutes Podcast 133 - Windows Live Agents and the Machine Translation Bot from MS Research

October 19, '08 Comments [1] Posted in Podcast
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Well, actually a few weeks ago, but I totally forgot to update my website with the details. You'd think somewhere around 100 shows I'd had automated this somehow. Hm. If I only I know a programmer and the data was available in some kind of universal structure syndication format…;)

Scott visits Microsoft Research and talks to Helvecio Ribeiro, the Test Lead for Machine Translation about T-Bot, his translation bot for Windows Live Messenger.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:56:16 PM UTC
In your podcast you mentioned that one of the problems with machine translation is that machines don't know when to stop translating. They'll translated names, addresses, etc. Shortly after your show, Google announced their markup for telling their translation engine to leave something alone. If you put a chunk of text inside a <span> with class=notranslate, they will leave it untranslated. Also, you could add <meta name="google" value="notranslate"> to the head of a page to prevent the entire page from being translated. Here's the original announcement.

In playing around with Google's translation service, I noticed that they leave untranslated anything inside <code> tags too, unlike Yahoo's Babel Fish.
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