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Subject: RE: [dita-translation] Now may be the time to express (reinforce) XLIFF as a best practice for translating DITA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bryan.s.schnabel@tektronix.com
> [mailto:bryan.s.schnabel@tektronix.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 6:26 PM
> To: dita-translation@lists.oasis-open.org
> Cc: tony.jewtushenko@productinnovator.com
> Subject: [dita-translation] Now may be the time to express (reinforce)
> XLIFF as a best practice for translating DITA
> [call for interested folks to consider a new education push]
> Hello,
> It seems like a number of recent events have conspired to make me think
> this is a great time for a concerted effort to remind people of that
> they might be leaving money on the table if they neglect to take
> advantage of XLIFF for translating DITA topics.
> Several incidents have reinforced this feeling for me. Here's a recent
> event that I can share, that nicely expresses the point . . .
> I was recently at the excellent DITA Europe 2009 event, watching an
> excellent presentation about a very impressive, large authoring group
> who had recently migrated from unstructured Frame to DITA, and
> implemented an impressive CMS. I was super excited as they showed one
> success after another, and how they really put all the parts of DITA
> and CMS to great use . . . right up until the end when they talked
> about translation. They listed all the things you should do when
> selecting an LSP. My heart sunk a little when they expressed that "you
> need to pick a vendor that can really understand and process DITA - and
> they must prove to you that they can manage hundreds or thousands of
> topics at a time." I thought, wow, this is a perfect example of where
> XLIFF can save the day (or at least save them money and time-to-
> market).
> The really cool thing is that now, more than ever, DITA is not just an
> interesting technology on the horizon. There are now honest-to-goodness
> implementations up-and-running. There are real groups, saving real
> cycles and money, with real use cases to examine. I think now is the
> time to get the *smart* ones to embrace this best practice: use XLIFF
> to translate DITA!
> I think there would be interest on the XLIFF TC side to renew this
> effort. Who's for it on the DITA side? (I wonder if there's a provision
> for sharing an SC between TCs?)

Hi Bryan,

As you can guess, I'm more than willing to work in something like that.

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

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