Over the course of this summer one of our interns, Mircea Badoi,
worked on a free Oxygen XML add-on designed to help translating
Starting from yesterday, the add-on is available for Oxygen
vesions 21.1 or newer in our default add-on repository. If you
want to install it, you can use the Oxygen main menu
"Help->Install new add-ons", choose the default Oxygen add-on
update site and you will find an add-on named "Translator Helper
(Experimental)" in the list.
The add-on has two main features:
- You can translate content using Google Translate to various
- Select the content to translate in the Author
visual editing mode. You can also select the entire
document contents. DITA topics are small so you can select
the entire topic contents.
- Right click. Select "Google Translate into" and choose
the target language.
- Copy the translated content from the opened web page.
- Click Replace in the Oxygen Translate using
Google Translate dialog that showed up. The original
content should now be replaced with the translated
content, the original element structure and attributes
should remain unchanged.
- In addition you can choose to show the original
document content in the Translator Helper side
view. This will allow you to correct the translation
further by looking at the original text and the translated
text side by side.
- You can see the original content side by side with the
content that you are translating, so you can translate
correctly and easy by right clicking in the Author visual
editing mode and invoking the Show current content in side
So I hope you will enjoy the add-on, if you have questions or
improvement requests, they are as usual welcomed. One area in
which the plugin may be useful is for example if you want to
quickly demo to a customer how a topic written in English would
look like in other languages like Japanese Chinese, French,
German, Russian, etc.
Oxygen XML Editor