[Foundation-l] English language dominationism is striking again

Magnus Manske magnusmanske at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 23 08:13:39 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 6:40 AM, Nikola Smolenski <smolensk at eunet.rs> wrote:
> On 06/22/2010 08:07 PM, Magnus Manske wrote:
>>>> I would consider this state as a poor reflection on Commons' accessibility.
>>> Especially as Google image search (imho, the likeliest avenue of searching
>>> for images) gives 130 000 pictures of horses on Commons if searched in
>>> English, zero if searched in Estonian ("hobu"), and while it gives 160 000
>>> results for a Hungarian search ("ló") on the first page only one of it is an
>>> image that resembles a horse.
>> Here's a thought: Enter "hobu" into translate.google.com, leave
>> "source language" on automatic and target on "English", and it will
>> happily translate it into "horse". Could we offer a "translation" link
>> in search? As in, "translate my query into English and try again"? I'm
>> sure we can come to an arrangement with Google (or someone else).
> I already made something similar: http://toolserver.org/~nikola/mis.php

Nice! Now it needs language auto-detect, and Estonian for the example
(unless I didn't see it), and, of course, integration into Commons...

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