Java port of Apertium runtime
A "Java port" of Apertium would enable use on
- J2ME/Android phones,
- web pages (applets),
- desktop application,
- Java server applications.
The last 2 is relevant as, for example an OpenOffice.org plugin should be platform independent to be maintainable.
AFAIK we havent seen anyone embedding Apertium in a desktop application. Currently Apertium is usable in a local subdir but installation isnt trivial to an end user, but note that 'embedding' something isnt the same as 'using a locally installed version'.
Having a packaged easy-to-use version of Apertium ready for embedding MT in a larger program would be very cool. Ideally should a self-contained Apertium JAR file, only dependent on JRE and an additional JAR file per language pair.
An "embedding" approach is to use a client stub to an Apertium web service, but there can be reasons why people prefers to have things installed locally (we don't need to repeat them here).
Missing for a complete port of apertium in java is tagger, piping/modes, interchunk/postchunk and format handling.
Af I see it:
- Interchunk/postchunk I could do in very short time, so I could mentor this
- Tagger: The C++ code is there and some has already been ported to Java (lttoolbox-java parts), probably someone could port it relatively easy, if someone understanding tagger would co-mentor that part. I'd say its not necessary to port tagger training, just the core (bigram) tagging during translation.
- Piping/modes isnt too hard.
- Format handling: I'd say that it would be OK just to be able to handle normal text.
--Jacob Nordfalk 08:33, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
See also this thread: