Google has introduced, or is at least trialing, a new feature that makes it easier for users to edit results in Google Translate.
As the unofficial Google Operating System blog notes, there’s now an ‘Improve This Translation’ button in the results pane that lets you edit the entire outcome. When you click this, and make your edit, a message reads: “Your contribution will be used to improve translation quality and may be shown to users anonymously.”
Prior to this latest editing feature, users could already highlight and click individual words and phrases from the translated text and choose from an existing list of alternatives.
We’ve reached out to Google to establish whether this is going to be a permanent feature, or is merely experimental.
Update: Google has given us this response:
“Google Translate learns and continues to improve from translations found across the web, and we’ve also added new ways for people to give feedback. If you see a poorly structured or incorrect translation, you can submit a suggested improvement to the whole phrase. We encourage you to to give this new feature a spin!”