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Subject: RE: [xliff] Revised Committee Draft XLIFF 1.2 Spec

Dear all,
I wonder about the repurcussions of phrases like "tool makers can include the spaces in the markup". How will tool users be able to know what a specific tool maker really supports in his XLIFF implementation?
Best regards,

From: Rodolfo M. Raya [mailto:rmraya@heartsome.net]
Sent: Mittwoch, 10. Mai 2006 19:20
To: Magnus Martikainen
Subject: RE: [xliff] Revised Committee Draft XLIFF 1.2 Spec

On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 02:17 -0700, Magnus Martikainen wrote:
Hi all,

Regarding point 5) below I would like to clarify that the segmentation markup is entirely optional and does not affect the functionality of the files as XLIFF files. The filter will ignore the segment boundaries when back-converting to the native format, and thus the entire content of the <target> element will be used, including content appearing outside of segments.

The segmentation markup is intended for tools such as translation memories to optimize recycling of previously translated content, and as such it often makes more sense to not include spaces between sentences in the segments (though that is entirely up to the tools). This does not in any way prevent users from editing the content between the segments, removing spaces or adding additional ones as needed. In fact it is fully allowed (and may frequently happen) that only part of the translated content in the <target> element is part of segments. 

The example in point 5) attempts to explicitly show this by not including the space characters in the segments (which normally gives better re-use when applying a TM). Perhaps we need to clarify the text in the specification to make that more explicit?

Hi Magnus,

Thanks for the explanation.

I would be happy if the text below the example is enhanced with a sentences stating that tool makers can include the spaces in the markup if desired.
Best regards,
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