English content

English content

Redirects from machine-translated or outdated localised web pages to the original English content.

What is English content?

English content is a Firefox add-on that redirects users from machine-translated or outdated localised web pages to the original English content for accurate and up-to-date information.

Stats date:
Users: 56
Rating: 3.75 (4)
Version: 1.1 (Last updated: 2022-11-16)
Creation date: 2018-01-08
Weekly download count: 1
Firefox on Android: Yes
Manifest version: 2
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • *://learn.microsoft.com/*
  • *://docs.microsoft.com/*
  • *://msdn.microsoft.com/*
  • *://developer.mozilla.org/*
Size: 28.91K
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood

Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge

Developer documentation content from Microsoft, published in the MSDN library and more recently the Microsoft Docs website, is offered in many different languages. While this is normally a welcome idea, it is badly implemented by nagging the user with all sorts of changing messages and popups in translated content. Even worse, much of the content is simply machine-translated these days, making it hard to understand and sometimes completely incomprehensible. And even if you're lucky to find old content that was manually translated, it is often out of date and nobody tells you. This has led to misunderstandings in internet discussions more often than not, when I was served a completely different meaning than others that were accessing updated and corrected English content.

This extension fixes all these problems. Whenever it sees you accessing a localised site, it swiftly redirects you to the original content so that you get the most accurate information available. This works for direct access to msdn.microsoft.com/library and docs.microsoft.com, also from web search results, as well as the online help search initiated through the Visual Studio code editor by pressing F1. Redirection is performed quickly before you even reach out to the server for the localised site.

Update: The add-on now also works on the Mozilla MDN web docs at developer.mozilla.org as their translations tend to get out of date as well, sometimes with no warning. Also, the quality of their translations is worse than my English comprehension so I prefer to read the original content.

The only requirement that this extension imposes on you is that you should be able to understand English developer documentation easily. I consider this a necessity anyway. So have fun instead of being confused!

User reviews
Hello, thank you for this great extension! It's a must-have for me! I have two questions for you: 1. is it possible to add support for React docs site? https://reactjs.org/docs I keep getting the Italian version which is so annoying 2. is this extension open-source and available somewhere? I'd mess with it in order to support React docs if possible! UPDATE: great news, I downloaded the extension XPI, and added the the reactjs.org support! if you publish the extension source code somewhere like GitHub I'll be happy to open a pull request!
by Maurizio De Santis, 2020-05-21

For MDN it doesn't work at all. It simply replaces my language code in URL with "en-US", which leads to wrong URLs (error 404), eg. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Referencje/Obiekty/Object/assign.

Thank you! +: It would be great this addon to have icon to toggle functionality. Sometimes I want to see my-language-version of documents.
by Ch. (aka sftblw), 2018-03-29
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Risk impact

English content may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

English content has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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