[Standards] UPDATED: XEP-0171 (Language Translation)
Fletcher, Boyd C. CIV US USJFCOM JFL J9935
Boyd.Fletcher at je.jfcom.mil
Mon Feb 18 14:47:29 UTC 2008
There are ways to detect which lang is being used based on the encoding and word choice and some statistical measurements of the text so its possible to detect automaticallly. Its not 100% but is pretty accurate for mainstream proper langs. Its gets very complex when you deal with dialects. For example, in arabic there is the formal modern standard arabic (.msa) but its not the main lang of most arabic speakers - they speak dialects but some have significant differences from msa.. Detecting them automatically can be tricky. Similar problems exist in all langs.
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Well, if sending user does not want to set message language (which is
understandable, as it is awkward solution), then maybe receiving user
will do that?
You can provide a way for user to set up translation for any of his
contacts. I.e. define one (or more) languages that could be used by this
Then translator can translate messages from all these languages to
User can define one or more languages he understands (with priorities;
translator would also have it's own priority table to try to translate
between more similar languages if possible; i.e. if i understand English
and Russian, then translator will translate from German to English,
because it's easier).
As i said, translator performs translation for all source languages and
sends all translated text to user (this is arguable, though, since CPU
time consumption and bandwidth consumption will increase significantly
if there is more than one source language). User then can switch
translations just as he would switch character encoding tables in
browser: if text is unreadable, then he should try another translation.
User's client may also use elements of AI to guess which translation is
Sender may also specify which language he uses in his messages, but this
is only a hint for translator.
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