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Subject: Re: [xliff-comment] Comment on XLIFF 1.2 Representation Guide forJava Resource Bundles


The representation guide recommends to preserve the order of key/value pairs, but it does not tell you to rely on java.util.Properties.

It is possible to write filters for .properties files using many languages, not only Java. And when using Java, it is also possible to use different methods for reading .properties files.

In http://xliff-tools.freedesktop.org/wiki/Projects/XliffToolsJava you can find a filter for XLIFF 1.1 written in Java. You can use it as an example and adapt the code for supporting XLIFF 1.2 and the new representation guide.

Best regards,
Rodolfo M. Raya

On Thu, 2007-01-18 at 13:22 +0800, Jia Zeng Wang wrote:
Hi, I'm reading XLIFF 1.2 draft spec and have a comment on its
representation guide for Java Resource Bundles:

In 2.4, Extraction Techniques, it recommends to use java.util.Properties to
extract resources. In 2.5, Order of Extraction, it says filters should keep
key/value order defined in property files. But java.util.Properties uses
HashTable as its internal data structure, so it can't guarantee the order
of key/value pairs.

Following is my test program and data:

import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileInputStream;
import java.util.Properties;

public class LoadProp {
      public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
            Properties props = new Properties();
            props.load(new FileInputStream(new File("test.properties")));
            props.storeToXML(System.out, "test");


program output
<!DOCTYPE properties SYSTEM "http://java.sun.com/dtd/properties.dtd">
<entry key="akey2">akey2</entry>
<entry key="akey1">akey1</entry>
<entry key="key2">key2</entry>
<entry key="key1">key1</entry>
<entry key="key0">key0</entry>

I recommend to add this point in 2.4 or 2.5 to notify future readers.

Best Regards,
Charles Wang
China Development Laboratory
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