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Subject: RE: [dita-translation] Specifying a list of target languages

Hi Rodolfo,

I'm good leaving @translate as-is.

We can't use @audience for this because it's already being used for its
intended purpose -- to filter on the target audience, such as end-user,
system administrator, field engineer, and so forth.

We probably don't want to tamper with the existing filtering
architecture. Filtering at publishing time should not be confused with
filtering at translation time. I think we need to have a new attribute
(or whatever) to ensure users don't get confused when each method is


-----Original Message-----
From: Rodolfo M. Raya [mailto:rmraya@maxprograms.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 5:13 PM
To: dita-translation@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [dita-translation] Specifying a list of target languages

On Tue, 9 Sep 2008 06:48:49 -0700
"Gershon Joseph (gerjosep)" <gerjosep@cisco.com> wrote:

> Here is the issue:
> Some elements, particularly <note>, are not translated to all target 
> languages. Many notes (e.g. warning statements required to meet a 
> specific country or region's legal requirements) apply only to a 
> specific set of target languages.
> At present, DITA supports an on/off switch via @translate.
> I would like us to propose a solution for the case where authors need 
> to specify a set of target languages. I feel this would be best 
> achieved either by extending the definition of @translation to have 
> the values "yes | no | group" (I'm sure we can find a better word than

> "group") and add another attribute that lists the target languages, or

> leave @translate alone and simply add a new attribute that lists the 
> target languages (in which case, if the attribute is not set the 
> default is to translate to all target languages). I'd anticipate a 
> space-separated list of language/locale values, such as "it_IT fr_FR

Hi Gershon,

I would leave the "translate" attribute as is (yes | no) and extend the
audiences filter mechanism instead. 

Rodolfo M. Raya <rmraya@maxprograms.com> http://www.maxprograms.com

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