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Subject: RE: [xliff] notes/metadata for all files in a single XLIFF

Hi Yoshito,

Having metadata and notes at XLIFF level would be useful. 

I have a similar use case: converting a bunch of DITA files that are all encoded in UTF-8 implies storing the encoding information in each file using <mda:metadata>. The same with the translation project metadata, that has to be repeated multiple times.

The restriction may have been decided long ago, when the context was very different. Today, I don't have objections in adding notes and metadata to the <xliff> element.

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

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [xliff] notes/metadata for all files in a single XLIFF
From: "Yoshito Umaoka" <yoshito_umaoka@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, December 07, 2021 6:42 pm
To: xliff@lists.oasis-open.org

Dear all,

We're developing translation service framework using XLIFF 2. Our implementation extracts content for translation from multiple files in a same group into a single XLIFF document. The XLIFF specification allows notes or metadata specified at <file> level, but there is no way to specify such information for all files. In our implementation, we need to carry such information applicable to a group of files out of XLIFF content, or duplicate them to all files.

Personally, I don't see any technical issues with supporting <notes> and <mda:metadata> immediately under <xliff>. By doing so, XLIFF adopters can manage notes/data shared by multiple files easily.

Does anyone know why XLIFF specification does not support this use case? I guess this topic might be discussed in the past.


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