Localisation Considerations for DTD Design, Paper and Discussion

Richard Ishida - Xerox & François Yergeau - Alis Technologies

Intended Audience: Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, XML/SGML Developer
Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

If you are creating XML documents that will be translated, there are things you should have built into your Document Type Definition (DTD) to enable localisation to go smoothly and efficiently. This session looks at some of the key issues.

The session will begin with a paper which refers to standard topics such as character encoding and language declarations, but also covers topics such as implementation of emphasis and style conventions, handling citations, use of text in attribute values, and the need for an element like HTML's SPAN. In addition, other topics which have traditionally been associated with translation of user interface messages become applicable due to the nature of XML documents. These include the provision of designer's notes, identification of non-translatable text, and use of element ids for automatic translation of elements.

There will then follow a period for open discussion of questions and issues relevant to the paper.

(The session assumes some familiarity with XML and DTD concepts.)

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