If It’s All Greek To You, WhatLanguage’s API Can Help

Candice McMillan, March 20th, 2013

WhatLanguageWith thousands of distinct languages in the modern world, it would be impossible to be able to identify them all by simply looking at them in a text document. In cases where it is necessary to know what language a website, text document or file is written in, having a handy deciphering tool would be key. WhatLanguage does just that. Simply put, it’s a language detection web service. WhatLanguage’s API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to integrate it with other applications or create new applications.

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WhatLanguage offers users a language identification tool that allows them to simply paste selected text into a text field, enter the address of a website into the text field or upload a file from their computer. The user then simply clicks on the ‘detect language’ button, prompting the service to identify the language used. WhatLanguage’s online web service can currently detect 110 languages.

The WhatLanguage API provides results to requests as a simple JSON or XML object. An API key is required in order to access this data, and interested developers will need to sign up in order to receive one. Further information is available on the website.

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