CyberTech

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One of the first things that Google did introduce in its Chrome web browser was support for translating websites manually or automatically. The feature leveraged the company's own Google Translate service and made web page translations that much easier.

Mozilla worked on several systems in the past to integrate a comparable feature in the organization's Firefox web browser; nothing came out of it though. While Firefox users may integrate translate functionality in Firefox, it means getting an API key from one of the supported services.

Mozilla did reveal in late 2019 that it was working on a native Firefox translation feature.

Translate Web Pages is a free open source extension for Firefox that brings Google Chrome-like translate functionality to Firefox. In short:
  • the extension detects the language of the page.
  • users may translate web pages manually.
  • automatic translation of certain languages is supported.
  • an exception list is provided.

 

Marko :)

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Downside:
  • Uses Google services
Well, to honest, Google Translate is certainly the best translation service out there. And, no matter how you tried to distance yourself from Google, you won't succeed.
Strange because fonts actually looks sharper on my Firefox and a bit blurry on Chrome. Even for images. Unless an image is loaded in a new tab, images attached on webpages are sharper on Firefox. Though none of these are noticeable at first look.
On my laptop, fonts look the best on Chromium. On Firefox they are somewhat thin and does not render normally on some sites. If I apply the trick in the about:config, fonts are really blurry. So far I haven't found the solution and I've tried literally everything; from reinstalling few versions of graphics drivers to about:config settings and turning off hardware acceleration. Not a thing helps. 🙄
 

Spawn

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Well, to honest, Google Translate is certainly the best translation service out there. And, no matter how you tried to distance yourself from Google, you won't succeed.
It's mainly directed at Firefox and Chromium users who dislike Google.

I have zero plans to de-Google my computer, and currently use Chrome and Android on a daily basis. The only other service I use is Bing Translator and that's built-in to MS Edge.
 

SeriousHoax

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Well, to honest, Google Translate is certainly the best translation service out there. And, no matter how you tried to distance yourself from Google, you won't succeed.

On my laptop, fonts look the best on Chromium. On Firefox they are somewhat thin and does not render normally on some sites. If I apply the trick in the about:config, fonts are really blurry. So far I haven't found the solution and I've tried literally everything; from reinstalling few versions of graphics drivers to about:config settings and turning off hardware acceleration. Not a thing helps. 🙄
Have you tried enabling/disabling ClearType on WIndows?
 

Marko :)

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It's mainly directed at Firefox and Chromium users who dislike Google.

I have zero plans to Un-Google myself, and use Chrome and Android on a daily basis.
Honestly, I don't get why people switch to Firefox if they hate Google so much. Firefox uses Google too; it's their default search engine, they use Google Safe Browsing and their locations services. 😁
Have you tried enabling/disabling ClearType on WIndows?
It's enabled by default in Windows. Though, I did try to play with its settings—didn't help.
 

blackice

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It's mainly directed at Firefox and Chromium users who dislike Google.

I have zero plans to de-Google my computer, and currently use Chrome and Android on a daily basis. The only other service I use is Bing Translator and that's built-in to MS Edge.
Bing and Google, @Spawn has no fear!
 

CyberTech

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6.8
  • Removed translation using widgets. Reason: widgets load external scripts, which goes against Firefox's extension policy
  • Added the "Translate this site" button on Firefox Mobile
  • Change popup layout for desktop
  • Updated interface translations
  • Fixed several bugs
 

SeriousHoax

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Removed translation using widgets. Reason: widgets load external scripts, which goes against Firefox's extension policy
I was thinking about this. Some translation extensions were banned for this reason but then how come this extension is still doing that! Turns out now they know it's against the rule.