As luck would have it, I'm traveling just at the time a story regarding machine translation for blogs, particularly in Arabic, is slated to hit the net. (Update: The article is here at Salon.) So rather than have the top of the blog be unrelated material, here are a set of links to posts here and elsewhere regarding the motivation and status of this effort:
- Prior experiences with machine translation in social software (at Winds of Change)
- Draft of a spec and a how-to guide for marking up translated blog posts using XHTML. Authored and hosted by Lewy14
- A survey of the Arabic/English machine translation market
- A synopsis of the background and some activities to date (at Winds of Change)
There are plenty of other links to follow from those posts. I will open comments on this post for those interested in the effort, and hope to be able drop in to respond. Anything more coherent is likely to wait until middle of next week.