I made a Yandex Translate Firefox extension1 that lets you translate between any two language from the Firefox address bar. Awesome!
When I write for this site, I use many different tools2. To spice up the language a little, I use Thesaurus.com. Dictionary.com is a life saver when I want to look up definitions of words. And Yandex Translate is handy because English is my second language, and I often find myself in need of a little translation from Norwegian.
Both Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com are easily available through Firefox search engine integrations. I simply open a new tab, hit either
t for thesaurus or
d for dictionary, enter the word I’m looking for, and the respective site in queried. It’s all very convenient. For a while I’ve been looking for a similar solution for Yandex Translate, but I’ve found none. The Firefox extensions that exist for Yandex Translate are either massive feature creeps, or very limited.
I needed a simple extension that made it possible to translate between any of the languages supported by Yandex Translate. And what’s the programmer’s approach when we have a problem that isn’t already solved by someone else? We solve it ourselves, of course!