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Subject: Call for Consent for XLIFF V2.1 as OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS Membership in a call for consent for OASIS Standard:

XLIFF Version 2.1
Candidate OASIS Standard 02
24 January 2018

This Call for Consent is taking place under the TC Process rules effective 01 July 2017 [2]. This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to consent or object to this approval. You are welcome to register your consent explicitly on the ballot; however, your consent is assumed unless you register an objection. To register an objection, you must: 

1. Indicate your objection on this ballot, and 

2. Provide a reason for your objection and/or a proposed remedy to the TC. 

You may provide the reason in the comment box or by email to the Technical Committee on its comment mailing list [3] or, if you are a member of the TC, to the TC's mailing list. If you provide your reason by email, please indicate in the subject line that this is in regard to the Call for Consent. 

This Committee Specification was approved as a Candidate OASIS Standard by the Technical Committee [4] and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [5]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met, the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS Organizational Members.

-- Details --

The Call for Consent opens on 31 January 2018 at 00:00 UTC and closes on 13 February 2018 at 23:59 UTC. You can access the ballot at:

Internal link for voting members: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=3171

Publicly visible link:  https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3171

OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative responds according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the XLIFF TC -- 

XLIFF is the XML Localization Interchange File Format. It has been designed by a group of multilingual content publishers, software providers, localization service providers, localization tools providers and researchers. It is intended to give any multilingual content owner a single interchange file format that can be understood by any localization provider, using any conformant localization tool. While the primary focus is on being a lossless interchange format, usage of XLIFF as a processing format is neither encouraged nor discouraged or prohibited.

This specification replaces or supersedes XLIFF Version 2.0, which was submitted to ISO TC 37/SC 5, went through a unanimous DIS ballot and is currently under publication (60.00) as ISO 21720.

The TC received 5 Statements of Use from ENLASO Corporation, Felix Sasaki, Soroush Saadatafar, SDL Trados Studio, and Umbraco [6]. 

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

HTML (Authoritative):


Editable source:

Declarative validation artifacts: 

Distribution ZIP files:

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


-- Additional information -- 

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

TC IPR page

[2] https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/tc-process-2017-05-26#OScallForConsent

[3] XLIFF TC comment mailing list: xliff-comment@lists.oasis-open.org  
(You must be subscribed to send to this list. For instructions on subscribing, see https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=xliff.) 

XLIFF TC main mailing list: xliff@lists.oasis-open.org

[4] Candidate OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote: 

Candidate OASIS Standard 02 Special Majority Vote: 

[5] Public reviews: 

- 60-day public review, 21 October 2017: 
  - Comment resolution log: 

- 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:

[6] Statements of Use: 

ENLASO Corporation: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff/201709/msg00006.html

Felix Sasaki, Individual: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff/201709/msg00007.html

Soroush Saadatafar, Individual: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff-comment/201710/msg00005.html

SDL Trados Studio: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff-comment/201710/msg00004.html

Umbraco: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff-comment/201710/msg00003.html


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

Primary: +1 973-996-2298
Mobile: +1 201-341-1393 

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