REAL-TIME TRANSLITERATION OF ARABIC LANGUAGE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANY WEBSITE VIA Yamli API
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Yamli.com one of my best Arab startups has released a free API that allows the easy integration of its award-winning Arabic transliteration technology into any website. Yamli’s Smart Arabic Keyboard allows users to type Arabic using Latin characters by converting their words in real time into Arabic text. Third-party websites using the API can reach a larger group of Arabic speaking visitors who would otherwise find typing Arabic difficult.
According to co-founder Habib Haddad, “We are very excited about making this technology available to any website for free. We hope it will encourage every user to be more engaged with the Arabic language not only on Yamli.com but on all Arabic sites and blogs. Our approach makes a significant contribution to the Arabic web by actually reducing the proliferation of transliterated Arabic words and converting them into real Arabic words,” concluded Haddad.
Various studies show that a large portion of Arabic internet users shy away from typing Arabic, choosing instead to write Arabic phonetically using Latin characters in an ad-hoc and informal fashion. The transliteration of Arabic words and the limited availability of Arabic keyboards have stymied the use of Arabic on the web. By making it easy for everyone to type in Arabic, Yamli.com is making the Arabic language more accessible for every day users, and helping to promote Arabic content on the web.
According to George Akra, Co-founder of Ikbis.com, “I think Yamli is one of the most innovative and useful services in the region, plugging the API to our site was easy and lead to the increase of Arabic comments on Ikbis.com. The simplicity and accuracy of the service is just remarkable,” concluded Akra.
The technology allows users to fully engage with Arabic content on blogs, e-commerce, social networking, education, government, video and music websites. The API, which has been undergoing testing since March with selected partners, such as Maktoob, Annahar (Arabic Link), Moheet) Arabic Link), ART TV (Arabic Link), 3alarasi, and Babnet (Frensh Arabic Link) has already been used by hundreds of thousands of users already.
According to Sami Tueni, the General Manager of Naharnet.com, “Yamli is the best contribution to the Arab web. So easy to implement, it was the long awaited tool to help the Arabic language flourish online,” concluded Tueni.
You can get more info about the API at here.
Yamli according to Haddad is currently working on a massive project revolving around oneline Arabic search engine, Haddad did not tell me more, but I speculate it might be semantic Arabic search. Who knows we’ll wait and see.
ArabCrunch will add Yamli API very soon, accordingly I will write a review. stay tuned.
Yamli.com is a property of Language Analytics LLC, a software startup based in Cambridge, MA, that specializes in smart transliteration technologies for Arabic and other languages. For more information, visit their website, at www.yamli.com