Google Translate is now a bit easier to use, menu-wise

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

About a week ago I filled out a survey that Google Translate users were asked to help out with, and when asked which point I found to be most inconvenient I responded the large menu when selecting the source and target language. It used to look like this:

Afrikaans
language
language
language
Bulgarian
language
language
language
Greek...
language
language
Maltese...
language
language
language
more languages.....keep scrolling...
Yiddish!


Except that the menu was 51 spaces long.

Just now it looks like they have changed the menu, and now it looks like this:

Much better. The menu is a quick pop up that disappears when you select a language. Also note the recently used language pairs. I could use an extra line, but that's okay.

Not that Google Translate was ever all that difficult to navigate beforehand, mind you. I bet that most users cited the time scrolling up and down through the menu though as the largest time waster.

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