Mozilla Firefox to get page translation feature

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you may have noticed this option if there happens to be foreign text on the page you are visiting.

google translate dialog

One of the nice and distinguishing features about Chrome is its ability to translate a web page for its user, with fairly good accuracy. This feature is soon coming to Mozilla Firefox, and is looking to be a pretty big deal. Developers at Mozilla have been working on page translation into their browser, but  it differs from Chrome’s implementation in that the translations will be computed locally, with no need to rely on an internet service to handle the processing. This is a huge deal for those concerned about data privacy, especially where it is a requirement (i.e. government, international IT).

The library (which is the code that will be used to process the translations) is currently being developed as part of the Bergamot project.