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Googletranslateclient.com and Windows Accelerator Platform

Posted in usability, windows 7 by sharovatov on 21 May 2009

Yesterday I’ve blogged about Accelerators Platform and now I’m looking at a website googletranslateclient.com which offers to download a standalone VB6 win32 application that uses google translate service to dynamically translate a selected text.

Funny thing is that this program implements what Accelerator Platform is invented for, but in a very limited and counter-productive way – its functionality is limited to only one service so nobody can enhance it!

I think the best thing Microsoft could do would be to create a program that would capture text select event in any window and add Accelerators group to the context menu of that program!

Or alternatively, if this is too much work, just show Accelerators icon (accelerators-icon)  when any text is selected. I’m not much of a system application developer, so I’m not sure this is easy to do, but I’m sure people would benefit from it and developers wouldn’t need to add Accelerators API support in their apps!

Hope that someone will pick this idea.


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