Opera Translate Extension - Support Page
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:00:07 PM
When a page is detected to be written in another language, a bar will appear at the top of the page offering to translate it. Preferences can be set to automatically translate or never translate specific languages. The native language to translate into is initially detected from the browser locale but can also be changed in the preferences.
If the extension has not been set to auto-translate the current language (see 'Configuration' below) then the bar will ask whether you wish to translate the current page. Click 'Translate' to translate this page or 'Nope' to cancel the translation bar.
If you click 'Translate', the page will be translated into your target language:
- Auto-detect the language of a web page that you visit and offer to translate that web page
- Translate any web page via the popup translation bar from any language to your language of choice
- Define persistent preferences for translations per language or for all languages
- Opt-in to allow the extension to translate secure HTTP pages
In order to work, the extension must send a small snippet of each page you visit to Google's translation servers in order to determine the language. If you click the button to translate, the full text of the page will be sent to these servers for translation; for this reason, this extension is disabled by default on secure (https) sites. This setting can be changed in the preferences (see 'Configuration' below).
All text to be translated is sent over a secure encrypted connection to Google's translation servers.
The Translate Extension can be configured via the built-in preferences page. There are a number of ways to get to the preferences page:
- In the Opera program menu click on 'Tools' > 'Extensions' > 'Manage Extensions'. Once in the Opera Extension Manager click the Gear icon next to the Translate extension and click 'Preferences'.
- Use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+E (Cmd+Shift+E on Mac). Once in the Opera Extension Manager click the Gear icon next to the Translate extension and click 'Preferences'.
- When the Opera Translate Bar pops up on a page to be translated click on the drop-down box presented and click 'More options...'
You should be presented with a page similar to the following:
On this page you may change the preferences as you wish. Once you have finished customising your Translate extension preferences you may close the Preferences page and continue with your browsing session.
This has been a neilj and richt production. The Opera Translate source code is available here. The packaged extension can be downloaded from the Opera Extension Catalog here.
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