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Subject: FW: Best Practice for Using the DITA CONREF Attribute for Translation (coming)
I wanted to let you know that our Conref BP is already being referenced and addressing translation problems.
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD
I was wondering if you have a draft copy of the the best practice document, Best Practice for Using the DITA CONREF Attribute for Translation. I was wondering if it had information pertaining to a particular situation we're trying to resolve.
As you know, we have a few customers who are working with the translation vendors such as SDL and Idiom. The issue we are experiencing is that when customers use conrefs for managing variables this creates issues for the TMS as the TMS does not resolve conrefs.
Here's what one particular customer has discovered:
We're run into a translation issue regarding our liberal use of conrefs to our variables file. After talking with SDL, it seems our use of conref-ed variables greatly complicates the linguist's job in determining how to create gender-specific articles, plurals, and possesives. This complication raises the translation costs quite significantly.
Do you have any suggestions on how this type of conref use could be best managed in DITA for translation?