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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.

Formatting and the Translator: Why XLIFF Does Matter

Volume 5 Issue 2


Author: Ignacio Garcia


Gains in productivity through translation memory-based text reuse are often offset by time spent in dealing with formatting glitches. This affects all players in the localisation industry, from the end client to the language vendor to the freelance translator. However, as a non-core activity for them, translators are less well prepared to deal with these hidden formatting related costs. This article looks from the translator's viewpoint at the importance of formatting as part of the translator's work, and at the limitations in dealing with formatting of the technologies now in use. It also shows how the development and implementation of standards within the localisation industry, XLIFF in particular, may impact on the situation, so that translators can once again deal only with text, as they did in pre-digital times.

Keywords: language Industry, localisation, localization, Open Standards, text reuse, TMX, XLIFF

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