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Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

XLIFF and LCX: A Comparison

Volume 11  Issue 1


Authors: Asanka Wasala, Dag Schmidtke and Reinhard Schäler

As the complexity of localisation projects increases, the need for flawless interoperability between different localisation tools becomes ever more important. The XML-based Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) has been developed to address issues related to the exchange, the storing and the transport of localisation data and metadata between different tools across the localisation process. XLIFF is gaining increased acceptance within the localisation community. However, some leading software industry publishers use proprietary file formats rather than the XLIFF standard. This paper discusses XLIFF and compares it to the Localisation Content Exchange (LCX) file format, the internal software localisation file format used by Microsoft. The paper also reviews the main reasons for the lack of acceptance and implementation of the XLIFF standard. It reports on research that investigated the possibility of converting between the LCX and XLIFF file formats and implementing a demonstrator. The paper also describes the schema mapping between the above file formats and the implementation of a prototype converter.

Keywords: localisation, standards, XLIFF, LCX, interoperability, comparison, schema mapping

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