Automated Spanish Translation System for Websites


March 11, 2009 By

Joanna Smith

Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) recently requested the assistance of Sales & Marketing Technologies to provide an effective solution to dynamically translate their English content from their web site to Spanish using the third party vendor, Translations.com.
 
SMT’s in-house Programming team worked closely with Translations.com to perform the initial Spanish translation by building the necessary XML file needed for input into their system. Once the translation was complete, the initial file was imported into a staging environment and sent to the client for review. Once approved, the newly translated Spanish content was published to the live MCH site.
 
The process was later enhanced by SMT’s Programming team to provide an automated system for MCH to create the XML file without the assistance from SMT. Through a back end manager on the web site, MCH was able to dynamically create new English content pages. The English pages were then converted to a XML file and automatically sent to Translations.com via a secure FTP download process. Once the file is translated by Translations.com, the Spanish content file is uploaded to the MCH website for review. Once reviewed, MCH can publish the newly created Spanish content with a touch of a button.
 
The result is a 3-step process without the assistance from SMT: (1) create the XML file (2) translate the file (3) upload the content to the web site. This automated translation process demonstrates the ability for SMT to build relationships with other third party vendors that result in an outcome that benefit our clients.
 
Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists.
 
Sales & Marketing Technologies is a full service web development and Digital marketing company in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Founded in 1991, SMT has produced award winning web sites for clients nationally and internationally.

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