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3:54 pm on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There are three options on the German Google:

. Search the web
. Search pages in German
. Search pages from Germany

Is the third option triggered in a similar fashion to Google UK - i.e. Either a .uk top-level domain or a server in the UK (according to Google geo-locating)?

How about the second option? I assume it's not based on "content-language" meta tag, so what's the trigger?

5:06 pm on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Why you assume it's not based on "content-language" meta tag?
5:10 pm on May 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>Why you assume it's not based on "content-language" meta tag?

Because not *all* pages, maybe even just a small number of pages use the tag?

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>"content-language" meta tag
Google, as all major engines, uses automatic language detection. Doesn't work too well, but anyways.

>third option triggered in a similar fashion to Google UK
Exactly. It's currently either ccTLD, i.e. .de, AND/OR local hosting.

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It isn't based on any meta tags. Google looks at the words on the page to try and detect what language the site is written in (and sometimes gets it wrong!).

From the translation FAQ:

We only offer the "Translate" link when we have a high degree of confidence about the language of the selected page. Some pages may contain multiple languages or insufficient text to provide a high degree of certainty about the language in which they were written.

So it follows that they are looking at the text to decide what language the site is in.

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Hmmm, I think it's time to suggest a .de domain and a skilled translator then. Thanks for your help folks :)
 

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