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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New OASIS Standard: XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) v1.2

OASIS has announced the approval of the XML Localization Interchange
File Format (XLIFF) specification Version 1.2 as an OASIS Standard. The
specification was produced by members of the OASIS XML Localisation
Interchange File Format (XLIFF) Technical Committee. The purpose of the
XLIFF vocabulary is to store localizable data and carry it from one step
of the localization process to the other, while allowing interoperability
between tools. The specification is tool-neutral, supports the entire
localization process, and supports common software, document data formats,
and markup languages. The specification provides an extensibility
mechanism to allow the development of tools compatible with an
implementer's data formats and workflow requirements. The extensibility
mechanism provides controlled inclusion of information not defined in
the specification. The XLIFF file format serves as a container for
externalized data to be interchanged between software publishers,
documentation writers (including, but not limited to documents written
in DITA, Docbook, HTML, and other XML document formats), localization
tools, and software services providers in order to facilitate all the
phases of the localization process. More Information

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