Mozilla releases offline translation plugin for Firefox web browser
Mozilla has released a new offline translation plugin for its desktop Firefox web browser. Known as Firefox Translations, the tool allows users to view translated web pages without relying on cloud-based processing.
According to Mozilla, the plugin is developed under Bergamot Project, a European Union-funded consortium made up of the company itself, the University of Edinburgh, Charles University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Tartu. Its goal is to develop neural machine tools such as engines, language models, and in-page translation algorithms that run entirely on Firefox through the user’s computer. The company assures that Firefox Translations is completely private, with no data sent to the cloud.
There is, however, a caveat. Unlike rival Google Translate, which offers over 130 language translations, Mozilla’s new plugin only supports 13 languages. To be more specific, Firefox translations include English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, German, Icelandic, Italian, Bokmål and Nynorsk Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese and Russian. Although quite limited at the moment, the company says the plugin is still under development and will be updated with more languages in the near future.
On that note, Mozilla has created a training pipeline for Firefox Translations via Github, where volunteers can contribute to the project by helping to train new models so that more languages can be added. Furthermore, he also welcomes any feedback regarding the existing models to improve them further. Those interested can check out the Github page via this link.
Meanwhile, users who want to include the new plug-in in their web browser can get it from the Firefox browser add-ons page. this way. Keep in mind that Firefox Translations will need to download additional files to your computer the first time screen text is converted to a specific language. It should also be noted that the plugin will require several permissions from the user, including access to browser tabs, activity while browsing, and user data for all websites.
(Source: MozillaComment Going through Tech Crunch)