Translate as You Type

From Jeff Barr’s blog, I found the “AJAX Translator“, a proof of concept using Ajax techniques to provide live translation from one text box to another. This translation-as-you-type looks like a neat alternative to the form-based translators like Babel Fish. I think this type of translation would be handy for instant messaging; the translations aren’t perfect, but it might be a nice aide for users who don’t speak the same first language.