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Subject: RE: [xliff] Uniqueness of language pair


Hi David,


If we opt for having multilingual XLIFF files, there is no reason for not allowing their use in translation editors.


Editing a multilingual XLIFF file should be as easy as editing a bilingual file for the end user. Designing an editor that can handle multilingual files is not a trivial task but can be done.


As developer of XLIFF editors, I certainly prefer XLIFF files to be bilingual. Nevertheless, I admit that language service providers may prefer multilingual XLIFF documents.


The wiki has a feature request for “Ability to store Multilingual Content” (item 2.12 in the feature tracking page). It is not clear how this can be achieved and there is no proposal for implementation.


Perhaps we should vote whether we want bilingual or multilingual files in next meeting and send this pending item to section 1) or 3). If it goes to section 1), we need to start working right now on how multilingualism will be implemented in XLIFF 2.0 because that affects the elements we define. It would not be the same to have multiple <file> elements, each one with its own language pair, than to have a single <file> and multiple <target> elements per segment.




Rodolfo M. Raya       rmraya@maxprograms.com


From: xliff@lists.oasis-open.org [mailto:xliff@lists.oasis-open.org] On Behalf Of Dr. David Filip
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 6:38 PM
To: Rodolfo M. Raya
Cc: xliff@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [xliff] Uniqueness of language pair


Thanks Rodolfo, for opening this.

I think that it makes perfect sense to set language pair uniqueness constraint at the file level.

I was talking to Wordbee in summer trying to recruit them for the TC. Anyway, Wordbee (as our customer) would represent a business need for bulk exchange of multilingual collections. I assume that a collection of different files with various source and target languages would do the trick. Nevertheless, I suspect that Stephan (Wordbee CTO and cowner) would be even more radical than that, and that he would simply want to allow systematically multilingual use of multiple targets.

I quote Wordbee position to impartially illustrate an existing business need. I personally would use multilingual formats only with utmost caution, as they pose obvious business process issues, e.g. problematic merging to central data store.

If we allowed some controlled sort of multilingualism (multi- in the sense of more than bi-) [if I remember correctly, Andrzej had a good study of why multilingual formats are to be discouraged in translation automation], we would need to explicitly say in processing requirements, that this format MUST NOT be used in and for translation editors. We would need to specify canonical transforms to facilitate canonical behavior of translation editors, that should be bilingual. The multilingual bulk exchange construct should be restricted to CMS<->TMS and TMS<->TMS bulk exchange.

[I am aware that alt-trans target is sometimes being used multilngually, I am however not sure what are the support levels for this in tools.. IMHO this is a seprate discussion..]





Dr. David Filip



University of Limerick, Ireland

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On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:31, Rodolfo M. Raya <rmraya@maxprograms.com> wrote:



In an XLIFF 1.2 document you may have multiple <file> elements and they could have different source/target languages. In theory, that would allow someone to create an XLIFF document with many copies of the same <file> element, each having a different target language. In practice, that would be a bad idea as tools that work with XLIFF usually expect bilingual documents.


It might be interesting for XLIFF 2.0 to set source and target language in the <xliff> element and let all <file> children inherit the declared language pair.






Rodolfo M. Raya       rmraya@maxprograms.com



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