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Subject: XLIFF V2.1 Committee Specification 01 published by the XLIFF TC

OASIS Members and other interested parties,

OASIS is pleased to announce the publication of XLIFF Version 2.1 Committee Specification 01 by the members of the OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC:

XLIFF Version 2.1
Committee Specification 01
23 August 2017

The XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) is a specification for the interchange of localizable software and document based objects and related metadata. The purpose of XLIFF's extensible XML vocabularies is to store localisable data and carry it from one step of the localization process to the other, while allowing interoperability between and among tools.

XLIFF is a specification for the loss-less interchange of localizable data and its related information. It is tool-neutral, has been formalized as an XML vocabulary (through XML schema), and features an extensibility mechanism. A white-paper describing how to use XLIFF is available for download at the following URL:


This is an OASIS deliverable, completed and approved by the TC and fully ready for testing and implementation.

The prose specifications and related files are available here:

HTML (Authoritative):

Editable source: 


XML schema: 

Distribution ZIP file

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Members of the XLIFF [1] approved this specification by Special Majority Vote. The specification had been released for public review as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve as a Committee Specification passed [3], and the document is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone and our thanks to the reviewers who provided feedback on the specification drafts to help improve the quality of the work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC

[2] Public reviews: 
- 15-day public review, 06 June 2017:
  - Comment resolution log:

- 15-day public review, 18 April 2017:
  - Comment resolution log:

- 15-day public review, 10 February 2017:
  - Comment resolution log: 

- 30-day public review, 26 October 2016:
  - Comment resolution log:

[3] Approval ballot: 


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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