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Local Global Translation

As is my yen
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Everytime I see a webpage quoting values in foreign currencies, or events occuring in timezones outside of my own, I have to calculate. In these days of smartish browsers, this seems odd.

The loc-glob translation is a browser widget/plugin that recognises currencies or timezones in the text of the page. Using your local settings, it then translates them (using the latest internet-based values) into my local settings.

[I know some websites already do this, but I want this as a browser feature for all sites regardless of their local programming]

"Your hotel in New York will cost $300 (loc-glo xlate £200) ..."

Widget to also convert temperatures, heights, weights according to my local requirements.

jonthegeologist, Nov 23 2006

this is where I'd start http://en.wikipedia...culating_currencies
currencies [neilp, Nov 26 2006]

currency convertor http://viewmycurrency.wordpress.com/
for firefox [neilp, Nov 26 2006]


       //I know some websites already do this, but I want this as a browser feature for all sites regardless of their local programming]//   

       Is this a lets all?
Chefboyrbored, Nov 23 2006

       hardly. I'm presenting an idea for a browser plugin, which you may choose to download and implement if you so wish.   

       Or you can use a calculator.
jonthegeologist, Nov 23 2006

       Timezones are simple, but currency exchanges depend on markups. Would you want to know price just to get a rough idea, or do you want to know what it would costs for you to order?
jmvw, Nov 23 2006

       Isn't this what the some antic web is supposed to be able to allow? Sensible datatyping of types of data might help, too. Microformats that respond to span classes, that sort of thing.
Ian Tindale, Nov 23 2006

       I propose that the currency conversion is live and dynamic, fetching the latest exchange rate from another website somewhere.   

       It might display the text like this :   

       "Your hotel in New York will cost $300 (loc-glo xlate £200) ..."   

       It's then clear what the original and translated costs are.
jonthegeologist, Nov 23 2006

       yup, this is completely achievable and a really nice idea. It'll be a bit of a headache for countries that operate in dollars (because there's no standardisation around USD/AUD etc.)but have .com domain names, but the browser extension could probably do a bit or logic in there to have a rough guess what's up. Very nice. (+)
neilp, Nov 26 2006

       actually, it looks like there's a currency one already for firefox (see link).
neilp, Nov 26 2006


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