A translate attribute was recently added to HTML5. At the three MultilingualWeb workshops we have run over the past two years, the idea of this kind of ‘translate flag’ has constantly excited strong interest from localizers, content creators, and from folks working with language technology. Richard Ishida has written a blog post
describing how the attribute is meant to work, and describing support for the attribute in Google Translate and Microsoft Translator. He also hints at some ways in which the translate flag could be extended.