Questions and Answers for Astrantia

Astrantia uses Google Translate and enjoys all the benefits of a brilliant piece of software but also shares some of the drawbacks.

Cookie Consent on Websites

Cookie consent questions  at the top of a translated page

simply accept or ignore

Floating cookie consent bars which float over the page

are a problem , Google Translate translates them and they cannot be closed in some instances. When this happens the page cannot be seen clearly.

We are researching ways to resolve this

Safe Mode

Sometimes when you  translate a page the Yellow Safe mode banner (1) shows . Google have not fully explained why or what is does.

This is one theory


Google Translate has introduced a Safe Mode which is sometimes enabled for website translations. Google doesn’t exactly explain what this new safe mode does or why it’s using it. The new feature is in testing, you may spot it in the wild, but it’s not enabled for everyone.

However, as Google Operating System noted, you can add the “&sandbox=1” parameter to any Google Translate URL to run the page in Safe Mode.

“Translated in Safe Mode. This may cause problems with some websites, especially those that use plugins like Flash,” is the message Google uses to notify visitors.

This seems to suggest, as would be logical, that the safe mode forbids certain type of content from loading, presumably not just Flash content, but also some scripts that could prove dangerous.

Google Translate, by its nature, has to run the websites it translates under its own domain, a standard web feature that could nonetheless be exploited if not for real damage, at least for pranking.


Safe Mode