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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - XLIFF Version 2.0

OASIS Members:

The OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership for a vote for OASIS Standard:

XLIFF Version 2.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 02
15 July 2014 

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. 

This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [2]. Comments were received during that review. In accordance with the rules of the TC Process, the Technical Committee approved a Candidate OASIS Standard 02 and approved submitting it to the membership for a vote [3]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met [4][5], the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot opens at 00:00 GMT on 23 July 2014 and closes at 23:59 GMT on 05 August 2014. You can access the ballot to cast your vote at:

Internal link for voting members: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=2651
Publicly visible link:  https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=2651

The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 44 (15% of 287 organizational members).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the XLIFF TC -- 

The XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) is a vocabulary designed to store localizable data and carry it from one step of a localization process to the other, while allowing interoperability between and among tools.

Using proprietary or non-standard formats in localization projects force either the source provider or the service provider to implement costly, inefficient pre-processing of localisable content. For publishers with many formats to handle, this becomes a major hurdle to localizing software.

XLIFF addresses this problem by defining a standard, extensible vocabulary that captures relevant metadata for any point in the lifecycle so that it can then be exchanged between a variety of commercial and open-source tools. The specifications are tool-neutral, support the entire localization process, and support common software and document data formats and mark-up languages.

XLIFF is implemented and supported by a broad, international community that has developed a number of tools to support the standard including a test suite, an online validator, and an open source Java Library to create, write, read and manipulate XLIFF 2.0 documents.

XLIFF V2.0 received five Statements of Use referring to seven independent implementations from ENLASO Corporation, Bryan Schnabel, Localisation Research Centre, CNGL, and Moravia

TC Description:

Advancing a multi-lingual data exchange standard for localisation, the XLIFF TC has developed XLIFF Version 2.0 as the successor to XLIFF Version 1.2, approved as an OASIS Standard in February of 2008. The 2.0 public review release contains a core specification along with 8 modules with advanced data and metadata exchange functionality in various areas such as translation candidates, size restrictions, formatting preview etc. 

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

HTML (Authoritative):


Editable source:

XML schemas: 

Distribution ZIP files:

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specifications and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


-- Additional information -- 

[1] OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC 

TC Charter

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote
- Ballot to approve Candidate OASIS Standard 01:

- Ballot to approve Candidate OASIS Standard 02: 

[4] Public reviews: 
- 30-day public review, 29 April 2013: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201304/msg00008.html 
  - Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/xliff/xliff-core/v2.0/csprd01/xliff-v2.0-csprd01-comment-tracker.xls

- 15-day public review, 19 September 2013: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201309/msg00012.html
  - Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/xliff/xliff-core/v2.0/csprd02/xliff-core-v2.0-csprd02-comment-tracker.pdf

- 15-day public review, 11 February 2014: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201402/msg00005.html
  - Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/xliff/xliff-core/v2.0/csprd03/xliff-core-v2.0-csprd03-comment-log.pdf

- 60-day public review, 07 May 2014: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201405/msg00003.html
  - Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/xliff/xliff-core/v2.0/cos01/xliff-core-v2.0-cos01-comment-resolution-log.pdf

[5] Statements of Use: 
- ENLASO Corporation (http://bit.ly/PNSK8X
- Bryan Schnabel (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff/201404/msg00073.html
- Localisation Research Centre
- CNGL (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff-comment/201404/msg00003.html
- Moravia (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/xliff-comment/201404/msg00002.html)


Chet Ensign
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