Bing Translator, Klingon High Council, and Klingon Language Institute announce support for Klingon as a Bing Translator Option!


The Bing Translator folks have announced support for Klingon as a translator option.   This was also proclaimed by the Klingon High Council.

I’ve blogged about making a Windows Klingon Custom Locale and Klingon font fallback for the Windows 8 lock screen, and now you can translate all those Klingon web pages too!

You’ll never guess who gave them the font 😉

-Shawn

 

Comments (2)

  1. Hey Shawn, I just discovered your blog today – very informative.  Can't wait to try out your Klingon Win8 Lock Screen tutorial!  So I know Klingon (being a constructed language) doesn't have a Windows LCID, but…

    I've been looking at getting Microsoft Translator to translate into Klingon within the Microsoft Word Research pane.  I've been focusing on this area of the registry…

    —– BEGIN EXCERPT —–

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0CommonResearchSources{24B24684-4258-4512-BB7E-0C1A652B0A1F}]

    "ProviderName"="Microsoft® Translator: European and Middle Eastern Languages"

    "QueryPath"="http://www.microsofttranslator.com/…/httpquery.aspx"

    "RegistrationPath"="http://www.microsofttranslator.com/…/register.asmx"

    "AboutPath"=""

    "Type"="SOAP"

    "Revision"=dword:0000ab82

    "UpdateStatus"=dword:00000001

    "Status"="Enabled"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0CommonResearchSources{24B24684-4258-4512-BB7E-0C1A652B0A1F}{0297CD20-047F-4256-0204-000003040000}]

    "ServiceName"="Bulgarian – Catalan (Text)"

    "SourceData"="1026/1027/1"

    "Description"="Microsoft® Translator – text translations: Bulgarian – Catalan."

    "TermsOfUse"="All Content Copyright (c) 2007/2008."

    "CategoryID"=dword:36120000

    "SortOrder"=dword:00000000

    "Status"="Enabled"

    "Display"="Hidden"

    "Parental"="Unsupported"

    "PersistData"=dword:00000000

    —– END EXCERPT —-

    …and it seems to me that the value I need to focus on is "SourceData" as it contains the hex values for the languages (e.g. so the value of "1026/1027/1" above reads as "0x1026 = Bulgarian, 0x1027 = Catalan, and I'm assuming the "1" means translate selected text, whereas a "2" would translate the whole document.)

    I'm guessing Word then uses the "QueryPath" value to construct an http request something like "http://www.microsofttranslator.com/…/httpquery.aspx.  Obviously, based on such a construct I can't use the ISO 639 "tlh" language code, so now I'm wondering if the folks at Bing have some super secret LCID hidden in their database that I could reference to perform Klingon translation… any suggestions?  (Not urgent, I don't have any papers due for submission to the High Council anytime soon.)

    Appreciate your insights, Brody.

  2. shawnste says:

    Hmm, I didn't know you could do that.  I've been telling everyone NOT to use LCIDs, so hopefully there isn't some super-secret LCID thingy.  I'll ping the Bing folks, but from what you said you might be stuck.