Xliff files and Trados
Thread poster: Juana 2
Juana 2
Local time: 15:08
English
Feb 28, 2008

A client says: "Can you clarify something about XLIFF for me: if we start with a Word document in English, you can provide an XLIFF document with both the English source and the Spanish translation? Are you also able to provide, within that same document, a French translation? The challenge we are facing is having to translate multiple documents into 5 languages as the project will entail translating a web site, then providing the developer with XLIFF files for import into the content management system. What is the industry best practice for such a scenario?" Can anyone help me out with this? Thanks in advance!

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Robert Tucker
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:08
German to English
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XLIFF – XML:TM Feb 29, 2008

Although an XLIFF file can contain more than one language translation, it is highly recommended that an XLIFF file contain translation for one language only.
www.icu-project.org/docs/papers/localize_with_XLIFF_and_ICU.pdf

I think the industry standard for the scenario is XML:TM.

My current guess is that the problems you are likely to encounter may be more to do with tools available than standards.


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Nicolas Coyer  Identity Verified
Colombia
Local time: 13:08
Spanish to French
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TagEditor Feb 29, 2008

Why don't you work directly in TagEditor. I think it supports XLIFF files since version 2006 0r 2007 (they are XML-based).

Good luck!


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Rodolfo Raya  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:08
English to Spanish
XLIFF files are bilingual. Feb 29, 2008

Robert Tucker wrote:

Although an XLIFF file can contain more than one language translation, it is highly recommended that an XLIFF file contain translation for one language only.


XLIFF files are bilingual. There can only be one <target> element per translation unit.

A new XLIFF file is necessary for each target language.

Regards,
Rodolfo


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Juana 2
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Thank you! Mar 3, 2008

I appreciate your replies and will let you know what ever became of this request. Cheers!

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