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Subject: [xliff] the real final ... Final revised XLIFF TC charter

Thanks to Bryan finding a duplicated paragraph ... the truly Final 
version of the revised charter is as follows:


XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF)

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the OASIS XLIFF TC is to define, through XML
vocabularies, and promote the adoption of, an extensible specification
for the interchange of localization information. To date, the committee
has published two specifications - XLIFF 1.0 and XLIFF 1.1 - that define
how to mark up and capture localisable data and interoperate with
different processes or phases without loss of information. The
vocabularies are tool-neutral, support the localization-related aspects
of internationalization and the entire localization process. The
vocabularies support common software and content data formats. The
specifications provide an extensibility mechanism to allow the
development of tools compatible with an implementer's own proprietary
data formats and workflow requirements.

The state of affairs in software and documentation localisation before
XLIFF was that a software or documentation provider delivered their
localisable resources to a localisation service provider in a number of
disparate file formats. Once software providers and technical
communicators commenced implementing XLIFF, the task of interchanging
localisation data became simpler. Using proprietary and nonstandard
resource formats force either the source provider or the localisation
service provider to implement a costly and inefficient bespoke process
for localising their content. For publishers with many proprietary or
nonstandard formats, this requirement becomes a major hurdle when
attempting to localise their software. For software developers and
technical communicators employing enterprise localisation tools and
processes, XLIFF defines a standard but extensible vocabulary that
captures relevant metadata at any point of the lifecycle which can be
exchanged between a variety of commercial and open-source tools.

The first phase, now completed, created a committee specification that
concentrated on software UI file requirements. The next phase consists
of promoting the adoption of XLIFF throughout the industry through
additional collateral and specifications, continuing to advance the
committee specification towards an official OASIS standard, contributing
to the development of standard localisation directives tag library and
consuming it when available, and defining and publishing an
implementation guide for document based content that addresses
segmentation and alignment requirements. To encourage adoption of XLIFF,
the TC will define and publish implementation guides for the most
commonly used resource formats (HTML, RTF, Window Resources, Java
Resource Bundles, .NET), and will include reference implementations of
XLIFF 1.1.

XLIFF TC work and deliverables adhere to OASIS IPR policy.

List of Deliverables

XLIFF 1.1 XHTML/HTML Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
XLIFF 1.1 RTF Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
XLIFF 1.1 .NET Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
XLIFF 1.1 Java Resource Bundle Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
XLIFF 1.1 Windows Resources Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
XLIFF 1.1 PO File Representation Guide - June 21, 2005
Submit XLIFF 1.1 for consideration as OASIS Standard - June 21, 2005

In addition, the XLIFF TC will endeavour to deliver the following as
time and resources permit:

XLIFF 1.1 Reference Implementation (as Open Source? In collaboration
with Trans-WS?)
XLIFF 1.1 Document-based Content Implementation Guide (Segmentation &
Review and input to development of Standard Localisation Directives Tag
XLIFF 1.1: Consume / Implement Standard Localisation Directives Tag Library

Tony Jewtushenko				
Principal Product Manager - Oracle Application Development Tools
Oracle Corporation, Ireland

Direct tel: +353.1.8039080	

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