Mozilla doubles Firefox Translations languages in Firefox Nightly

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Mozilla
ORG

introduced a local translation feature in the organization’s

Firefox
ORG

web browser recently. Local translations are the holy grail when it comes to privacy. Integrated cloud-translate features such as

Google Translate
ORG

require an active Internet connection to submit all data to remote servers where the translation jobs run.

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Firefox Translations is different. It uses language packs, which users download once to the local system. Once done, translations happen locally in the browser. In other words, no server connections are needed. This means that information about the content that is translated stays on the user’s system and is not passed to the company that operates the translation service.

Firefox

118
CARDINAL

: introduction of translation services


Mozilla Firefox
ORG


118
CARDINAL

shipped with support for

less than a dozen
CARDINAL

languages. The supported languages were

English
LANGUAGE

,

German
NORP

,

French
NORP

,

Italian
NORP

,

Spanish
LANGUAGE

,

Portuguese
NORP

,

Dutch
NORP

,

Polish
NORP

and

Bulgarian
NORP

. Users of the browser get a translate bar at the top of foreign language pages that are supported by

Firefox Translations
ORG

. They may then use controls to translate the page, always translate content of the specific language or hide future prompts for that language.

Lack of support is problematic, as it leaves users without translation options. These need to install browser extensions, which do require connections to translation servers, to translate the languages that

Firefox
ORG

does not support natively.

Firefox

120
CARDINAL

Nightly: Improved translations support

The latest Nightly version of

Firefox
ORG

doubles the number of supported languages. The new languages that are now available are:

Catalan
NORP

,

Czech
NORP

,

Estonian
NORP

,

Finnish
NORP

,

Hungarian
NORP

,

Icelandic
NORP

,

Norwegian
NORP

(

Bokmål
PRODUCT

and

Nynorsk
ORG

),

Persian
NORP

,

Russian
NORP

,

Ukrainian
GPE

.

Firefox users who visit a website in

one
CARDINAL

of the new languages will receive translation prompts. The process is identical, which means that a language pack needs to be downloaded the

first
ORDINAL

time a language is translated.


Mozilla
ORG

notes that these languages do require some work and that they are not ready for integration in

Firefox
ORG

Stable. The quality of translations may not be up-to-par with that of the Stable languages.

Still, launch of the new languages in

Firefox Nightly
ORG

gives users an option to use these languages in translate tasks before they land in

Firefox
ORG

Stable eventually.


Mozilla
ORG

has not posted a schedule, but it is clear that this integration won’t happen in

2023
DATE

.

Closing Words

Firefox’s Translations feature is making progress, which is good. There is still lots of work to be done as language support is still severely lacking. Still,

Mozilla
ORG

is on the right path and will hopefully continue to put development resources into the feature.

Now You: have you tried

Firefox
PERSON

‘s translations feature?

Summary Article Name Mozilla doubles

Firefox Translations
ORG

languages in

Firefox Nightly Description Mozilla
WORK_OF_ART

doubled the number of supported translations feature languages in

Firefox Nightly
ORG

recently. Here is what you need to know about this. Author

Martin Brinkmann
PERSON

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