Transliteration is the process of converting a word written in one language into another language. Transliteration is distinct from translation, which involves a change in language while maintaining the meaning of the word; transliteration instead converts the sound of the word from one language to another.

Enabling transliteration for your search engine allows your site visitors to type a query phonetically in one language and have that query appear in another language. For example, typing [ samachar ] will appear in Hindi as [ समाचार ], and typing [ akhbar alyoom ] will appear in Arabic as [ أخبار اليوم ]. You can see transliteration in action at the Arabic or Indic transliteration pages.