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Subject: Re: [xliff] Question on XLIFF editors

Hi David,

I reread your email and apologies for the obvious nature of my first 
reply. To answer you question, there is nothing in my mind that could or 
should be done regarding this within the XLIFF specification. It is 
simply an XML matter. In my view you have to allow for both and you 
cannot mandate either, because any transformations on the document by an 
XML compliant tool are out of our control. I have not seen any other XML 
based standard that attempted to encroach on the manner of delimiting 
attribute values.



David Pooley wrote:
> Hi all,
> First of all, please accept my apologies for my absence at yesterday's 
> meeting. I had an unexpected last minute visit to another office and was 
> unable to make it back in time due to adverse (to say the least!) 
> weather conditions.
> I just wanted to post a question to the group to get some feedback. We 
> are currently using the Xerces parser to process XLIFF documents but it 
> doesn't provide us with any feedback as how attributes have been 
> encoded. As such, what comes in as single-quoted attributes (e.g. <g 
> id='1'>) may end up as being double-quoted when we write it back out (<g 
> id="1">). My feeling on the matter is that since both are valid XML and 
> represent exactly the same thing, it really shouldn't matter if this 
> happens. However, I'm concerned that someone out there might be using an 
> XLIFF parser which requires one method or the other and that it will 
> break if the quotation paradigm is changed.
> Is there anything in the specification or anywhere else that says that 
> an XLIFF editor shouldn't change this setting? I'd like to think that 
> since an XLIFF document can go through numerous editors that valid XML 
> should be the only pre-requisite but I was wondering what other 
> developers thought of this.
> Thanks for any feedback.
> Regards
> *David Pooley*
> Software Architect
> SDL International


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