XLIFF in Motion
Reinhard Schäler & Kevin Bargary - Localisation Research Centre (LRC), University of Limerick

Intended Audience: Managers, Software Engineers, Systems Analysts

Session Level: Intermediate, Advanced

The XML-based Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF), developed under the umbrella of OASIS, is the emerging standard for digital content aimed at international audiences. Using XLIFF enables localisers to use the tools and technologies of their choice while having access to all the data relevant for efficient localisation.

However, it will take time before digital content providers will switch over to XLIFF in significant numbers and make their material available in XLIFF.

In the meantime, those who want to take advantage of XLIFF will have to create XLIFF files from the source files made available to them.

This process should not just be a simple file conversion or string extraction/re-insertion exercise.

This presentation will introduce the main benefits and features of XLIFF, outline how source material should be converted into plain XLIFF, explain how additional information can used to enrich the plain XLIFF file, and how the target file should be created, leaving behind an XLIFF shell ready to be used for the next source update.

The presentation will include a demonstration of an XLIFF system developed at the LRC and available for review.