Yahoo has launched a service for German users that translates German search queries into English and French and then translates the search results back to German. The reason for this rather strange service is because only 10 percent of all webpages are currently in German.
Currently, less than 10 percent of all Web pages are in German, so when German speakers search the Internet for information they are missing out on the huge amount of content that may be useful to them but is in a different language, said Eckart Walther, vice president of product management at Yahoo Search.Yahoo says the goal is to present a user the entire web, in their native language. Read more at CNET
For example, a search for "bestes vegetarisches restaurant in San Francisco" brings up about 45 search results when searching German language documents, but pulls up an additional 290,000 results when using the Yahoo Suche Translator tool.