April 25, 2010
We're excited to announce the addition of 6 new languages (Greek, Russian, Serbian, Sanskrit, Amharic, Tigrinya) to the Transliteration API. Using Google Transliteration you can convert Roman characters to their phonetic equivalent in your language. Note that this is not the same as translation — it's the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other.Transliteration API allows this functionality to be available to all websites, which will make it easier for you to add transliteration capabilities to textfields on your webpages. Using this customizable API, you can enable users of your website to type 19 languages. For more information, please take a look at the documentation and samples at our code playground. If you're looking for a finer level of control on your web pages, also check out the low-level interface to transliteration, and the font rendering support APIs.
Google Transliteration is integrated into several Google properties and we have bookmarklets in addition to API to extend this capability to other websites. Please try these out and let us know what you think and how you're using it.
Posted by: Kuntal Loya and Ajay Somani, Software Engineers