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Subject: Segmentation proposals for the main XLIFF TC

Hi Everyone,

With regard to last Tuesday's meeting, I would like to propose that we are ready 
to submit the following points to the main XLIFF committee:

1) The following two extra attribute values are required to enable a translator 
to indicate that the target trans-unit is not a direct translation of the source:

1.1) "not-equivalent" - this attribute value indicates that the target text 
should not be loaded into any leveraged memory database. This can occur if the 
source relates to market specific details that are not relevant regarding 
leveraged memory.

1.2) "merged" - this attribute value indicates that the target text relates to 
one or more trans-unit source text elements. This can happen when the source 
text has been segmented in such a way that a translation of the individual 
elements is impossible without recourse to a "merged" translation against the 
head element. In such an instance the text for the encompassed target elements 
must be empty to indicate that the translation is merged with the head element. 
The next non empty target element indicates the end of the run of "merged" elements.

2) We have established that a perfectly viable way of handling segmentation 
through the means of treating an XLIFF file as a normal XML file. The XLIFF file 
target elements, which at the time contain the source text, can have 
segmentation information added by means of a segmentation namespace such as 
xml:tm using SRX rules. A normal XML XLIFF extraction can then be executed on 
the file using either an XSLT transformation, or program. The resultant skeleton 
file will enable the translated text to be merged with the original XLIFF 
document. An XSLT transformation can then be used to strip out the segmentation 
namespace, resulting in a "translated" original unsegmented XLIFF file. This 
solution is ideal for a production process that can handle pipeline 
transformations. It is not necessarily suited to interactive segmentation that 
is being executed within a user interface centered environment. The XLIFF 
segmentation sub-committee will continue trying to reach a solution for that 
type of environment.

I have provided examples for point 2) that show individual stages of the process.

We may need to rework some of the wording of the points.

Best Regards,



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