A reader sent me a link to Fora Reader, which calls itself “a foreign reading tool with a simple-dedicated-embedded browser, rapid word translations, dictionary management, and text annotation for viewing with any web browser”:
Written in the Java programming language, Fora is cross-platform and internationalized. It works on Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems and currently available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian, Arabic and Portuguese interfaces (note that the translations are in beta stage). Currently it has only one comprehensive English-English dictionary out-of-box due to file size and bandwidth constraints.
Fora uses various types of inline tooltips to display translations and never suspends reading/browsing activity by using well-tailored tooltips right around the word to be translated.
Being too lazy to download and try the thing myself, I thought I’d ask if anyone else has done so, and if so what they thought of it.