Yamli Enables Arabic Transliteration Everywhere with the Beta Launch of a FireFox Toolbar

27 May, 2009

 Yamli which started as an Arabic transliteration service that changes Latin characters into Arabic text, and later went into opening its API to any developer and then launched an innovative search engine, it has just launched a FireFox toolbar in beta ( All ArabCrunch past coverage related to Yamli can be found here .)

The Firefox toolbar is part of Yamli’s attempt to be everywhere, “we want to give users the power of Yamli everywhere they go on the web” said Habib Haddad the cofounder of Yamli.

Now when using the toolbar users can use Yamli’s Transliteration technology anywhere including sending emails using gmail , hotmail, yahoo mail. I also tested it with TwiterGadget and it worked.

The toolbar also enables users to post their updates using Yamli’s transliteration technology (which can be turned off and on)  on twitter and facebook. It also offers the search options offered on Yamli.com which includes: web search, images search, youtube search, wikipedia and news search , the toolbar also comes with a link to Yamli’s web editor .

By large it seems users have welcomed this move by Yamli over Twitter for example:

Stephanie TS aka MissGoogle from UAE said:

“The #Yamli toolbar made me discover Arabic all over again! Loving it. I think there should be a Yamli for every language in the world.”

And Ahmed Naguib from Egypt, seemed also interested in the toolbar: 

@paradisetossed I love using local stuff to support Tech in the Middle East and that extension is the Yamli toolbar http://twitpic.com/5zxk2” 

Here are some screen shots of Yamli on Yahoo


And TwitterGaddget:

Habib said that they are looking for users’ feedback and they are planning to add more features that caters to the interest of the Arabic user.

Yamli competes with a number of startups in the Arabic search and Arabic transliteration arenas:

in the Transliteration field they compete with Ta3reeb from Google and onkosh. However Yamli was faster in gaining market adoption with being 1st to release API’s for its transliteration service, in partnering with third party Arabic websites such as Maktoob’s As7ab and Ikbis, and Habib was key in creating a PR buzz around his baby. Nevertheless, I just noticed that Google’s Ta3reeb has released an API here, but I do not know when they released it and if anyone is using it. 

In the search arena Yamli competes with many search engins Google ( which Yamli uses for it text search), Araby.com from Maktoob, Ayna and onkosh.

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  1. RichardOn  |  May 27th, 2009 at 2:52 AM #

    Interesting site, but much advertisments on him. Shall read as subscription, rss.

  2. Hiconomics  |  May 27th, 2009 at 6:53 AM #

    Thanks Ghaith and Nice one @habibh
    I think it’s also worth mentioning the Yamli Everywhere add-on: http://bit.ly/dhw7Y and the bookmarklet: http://bit.ly/1916EP launched by the ArabTechies initiative a couple days back. I’m likely to use those more (although they need some refining).

    Well done all… and all support goes to this grass-roots-local initiative… forget Ta3reeb!

  3. هشام صادق  |  May 27th, 2009 at 6:56 AM #

    It’s really great step towards Transliteration .. Arabic can be anywhere now easily

    Love the Yamli Toolbar 🙂

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  5. tarek  |  May 28th, 2009 at 1:24 AM #

    i still using http://www.arabic-keyboard.org
    for arabic transliterate,

  6. Yousef Jum'a  |  May 28th, 2009 at 8:48 AM #

    I did tried it and removed it after 2 mins. It may seem cool but it is really annoying.

    It really screws up the pages. It interfers with usability and design because it gets embedded the same way for all the fields in all the pages on all sites, which is not good. It has to be embedded by the site owners selectively and not haphazardly like that.

    Good luck.

  7. Karam  |  May 28th, 2009 at 6:26 PM #

    I like its good, I had the same probleme as Yousouf with the other Add-on but not wiz the toolbar … Toolbar is ok

  8. Ahmad  |  May 28th, 2009 at 10:27 PM #

    I tried it my browser crashed alot. it stopped when i removed it. i think it z a cool idea but not very useful.

  9. Habib  |  May 29th, 2009 at 12:02 AM #

    Hey Ahmad,

    Habib from Yamli here 🙂 I’d love to hear more about the issues you ran into, as you might know the toolbar is it’s experimental stage and have not been yet finalized so any feedback suggestions would be very much appreciated ! Feel free to email me at habib AT Yamli or reply here 🙂

    Yousuf, I think you have mistaken the official Yamli toolbar with the FF add-on that was developed by independent developers. The add on is pretty cool but as you mentioned it enables yamli by default on all sites, whereas the toolbar only enables Yamli based on the user’s request (toolbar button or right click)


  10. Gaith Saqer  |  May 29th, 2009 at 12:16 AM #

    Good to have people discussing Yamli here, For me I do not use Yamli to type in Arabic I’d rather use my native Arabic Keyboard and I do not like to have too many FF tool bars. However I use Yamli sometimes in Arabic search because it expands Arabic keyword searches to include all of their transliterated variations and returns results for both Arabic and transliterated content. So I get to see search results in all the Latin characters. Yamli is the only one offering this feature to my knowledge

  11. Faisal  |  May 29th, 2009 at 1:12 AM #

    Yamli is a life saver for me ! I live in an Arab country but if I want to type Arabic it takes me hours to rite a sentance, I think Yamli Toolbar is great because I can type now everywear especially email … Everyone in my class uses Yamli too, lool 🙂

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