translating japanese sites

  [DELETED] 16:29 02 Apr 2006

the first computer i had which used windows98 used to offer to download a big file to view japanese sites in english for me.
now i'm on XP and all i get is squares or question marks in place of letters.
anyone know how i can translate these pages?

  [DELETED] 16:31 02 Apr 2006
  [DELETED] 16:36 02 Apr 2006

thanks vog
but that doesnt translate a whole site and if all youve got is a row of ???s, it wont work either will it?

  [DELETED] 16:42 02 Apr 2006

sorry, i just noticed that there is an option for translating a web page on there.
isnt there something i can download that will translate all japanese words automatically for me though?

  [DELETED] 17:38 02 Apr 2006

You're a day late to be an April 1st joker mate so I presume you're genuine..
Translating an entire site is a tall order especially if its in Japanese characters, but if its in phonetics this translator will help you fathom selected words and phrases to get the gist of things -
click here

  [DELETED] 20:41 02 Apr 2006

no i'm totally serious.
i just dont understand why you cant have something installed which reads japanese.
After all they must do over there right?

  [DELETED] 05:35 03 Apr 2006

Dunno if this helps mate, but if you go to this Japanese newspaper site -
click here

the message comes up (at least it did for me) -
"INSTALL ON DEMAND, INTERNET EXPLORER, to display language characters correctly you need to download and install the following component- Japanese Text Display Support, 2.8MB"
and there's a "download" button to click, I haven't tried it yet.

  BRYNIT 10:06 03 Apr 2006

Found this in the EI help files it may help.

Some websites offer their content in several languages. To specify which language you prefer to view webpages in, follow these steps.

In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

Click the General tab, and click Languages.
Click Add.

Select the language you want to add, and then click OK.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add all of the languages you would like.

Organize the languages by order of preference. If a website offers multiple languages, content will appear in the language that is highest on the list.

  [DELETED] 10:13 03 Apr 2006
  [DELETED] 10:13 03 Apr 2006

thanks all.

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