For the past few years, ACPS has used Google Translate’s website translator widget to provide free and automatic translation of our website content. However, Google announced in 2019 that they would no longer support their website translator widget. Eventually the tool will cease to work, likely without warning.
In order to ensure that our web content is accessible to users who prefer to read text in a language other than English, ACPS has partnered with a website translation service called Weglot (pronounced Wē-glŏt). Beginning Monday, May 3, Weglot will seamlessly integrate with our website to offer translation options.
For our website visitors, Weglot will behave similarly to Google Translate. A drop-down menu located in the upper-right corner of our website will allow users to select an alternate language. In response, Weglot will automatically detect and translate text content in the selected language.
As of our launch on May 3, the drop-down menu will include English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, and Chinese. Moving forward, we will continue to partner with the ESOL team to make sure the language offerings meet the needs of our students, their families, and our community.
On the backend, Weglot offers tools that will help us improve our customer service, such as editing automatic translations, if needed, and a dashboard where we can add additional languages to our menu. The program also allows us to view analytics to help us monitor and evaluate use of the translation tool.
Questions? Please contact Web Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.