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Subject: RE: [xliff] Online validation for XLIFF

Hello Yoshito,

Section " source" says that <source> contains text and may contain other optional stuff.  It does not say that text content is also optional.

The specification generally indicates that something is optional when it is optional, but this is not done in a consistent way. This is something that certainly needs review.

OpenXLIFF treats empty source elements as error because that would be a a useless element in most cases. Do you have a good use case for an empty <source>?

Rodolfo M. Raya <rmraya@maxprograms.com>
Maxprograms http://www.maxprograms.com

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [xliff] Online validation for XLIFF
From: "Yoshito Umaoka" <yoshito_umaoka@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, January 20, 2021 1:51 pm
To: "Rodolfo M. Raya" <rmraya@maxprograms.com>
Cc: "xliff@lists.oasis-open.org" <xliff@lists.oasis-open.org>

Thanks Rodolfo,

> The initial implementation for the online XLIFF validator suggested
> yesterday by Yoshito is now available at https://
> dev.maxprograms.com/Validation/

I played with the online validator a little bit.

I found something interesting case. Here is the minimal case illustrating the case I found:


The validator returns an error for this XLIFF file with error message: Reason: Empty <source> element

I read XLIFF specification and checks whether empty text in <source> element is really invalid. I could not find such description. Can someone point out why empty <source> element is invalid?


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