Firefox 118 released with awesome new feature | spcilvly

Reading websites written in other languages ​​is made MUCH easier with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, rolling out to all supported platforms today.

You no longer need to copy and paste text in another language into an online translator to know what it says, as Mozilla Firefox 118 can translate websites from one (supported) language to another.

This translation feature is very easy to use. Whenever you visit a web page written in a non-native language (depending on your browser settings), a dialog box appears asking if you want to translate. If you say yes, it goes ahead and translates it right there on the page while you watch.

Private translations in Firefox 118
Private translations in Firefox 118

However, the translation is not very fast (I’ll explain why in a moment).

A bunch of translation settings accompany the new features, many of which are accessible from the dialog itself.

Click the gear to choose whether to disable the dialog completely (i.e. not offer to translate), enable automatic translation for a given language (i.e. no need to click OK in the dialog) or never translate a certain language or the current website.

You can even enable automatic translation.

Firefox’s private translations feature is based on technology from the Bergamot project. Its privacy-aware translation engine runs locally (“client-side”) on your device. This means that the translated text never leaves your device, which is a huge advantage for privacy.

But while this “client-side” element is a core selling point, it has a downside: Firefox’s new transliteration talents aren’t instantaneous. Be prepared for slow(ish) translation times if you translate long texts on low-end devices.

According to other Linux blogs, the Firefox “translation” feature was included in Firefox 117, but it never appeared for me. Mozilla themselves only mention the feature in the release notes. this version, Firefox 118 (that’s why I complain so much in case you’re wondering).

But Firefox 118 offers more than just transforming text:

  • Web Audio in Firefox now uses the FDLIBM math library
  • 10 New CSS Math Functions Supported
  • Topsite sponsored by Pocket Newtab enabled by default
  • Font fingerprint protection in private browsing mode
  • Idle Monitor Based org.gnome.Mutter.IdleMonitor

Naturally (since some commentators object if I don’t mention it explicitly) this new version also includes scores of bug fixes, stability improvements, integration improvements and other lower level changes.

Unfortunately, the beautiful rounded bottom corners that I was raving about recently are not among them (as they are enabled by default), but we can look for them in a future update!

Getting Firefox 118

Mozilla Firefox is free open source software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can download the latest version directly from the Firefox website.

Linux users are recommended to install Firefox from their distribution’s repositories, Flathub, or similar, although it may take a day or two for a new version to be released as a software update.

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