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Subject: XLIFF 2.0 Comments - Language overrides for translatability and validation rules

TC members, this feedback comes from non-TC internal implementers of the 1.2 standard at Microsoft. We’ve received feedback about the need to provide language overrides for the following:


·        Translate attribute in <segment> and <mrk>

·        <rules> in <val:validation>


Use Case:


A content provider can take one source and extract it to one skeleton and multiple XLIFF files per language being translated. In this case, the extractor can make decisions based on source properties or other business logic to either set the translate attribute in a particular language to “no” (for instance a product name should be localized in Russian but not the other languages) or choose not to include a certain rule (which may not apply to a specific language).


However, it may be more typical for a content provider to extract one skeleton and one XLIFF and rely on a localization supplier to duplicate the XLIFF for however many languages need to be localized. In this case, without specifying a mechanism in specification for overriding translatability or validation rules based on a specific language, which an editor could interpret, the Supplier would need to “hack” the XLIFF for that specific language, which may result in merge issues later.







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