The 1st International XLIFF Symposium took place in Limerick on 22nd September 2010. This event was the main pre-conference activity for the LRC XV: 15th Annual Internationalisation and Localisation Conference organised by the LRC. This was the first ever solo XLIFF event and it was a complete success in terms of participants, presenters and quality of discussions.
The symposium brought together specialists, tools providers, developers, TC members and researchers to discuss and share their experience with XLIFF (XML Localisation Interchange File Format). New trends were presented, implementation cases were demonstrated, and the future of XLIFF and its new version 2.0 was discussed.
Intense, heated discussions followed each presentation and the high level of audience participation was surprisingly positive as well as enriching.
Photos of the event
Thanks to Eoin Ó Conchúir, Asanka Wasala, Christian Lieske and Naoto Nishio for the photos. If you would prefer that we remove a photo of you, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Schnabel — Chair of the XLIFF Technical Committee, and XML Information Architect for Tektronix Inc.
“XLIFF's Place in the Community”
A community is a group sharing common characteristics and interests, perceiving itself as distinct from the larger society within which it exists. Ours is the Localization Community. It consists of many disciplines. In it we find Localization Service Providers, Translators, and Translation Agencies. We also find Toolmakers, Sellers, and Trainers. And our community features those in Academia, learning and teaching Localization. And of course we have Customers of Localization and Translation in our community.
XLIFF 1.2 was created by, and for, people from all of these disciplines.
XLIFF, the XML Localization Interchange File Format, is an open standard, created specifically to provide our community a standardized way to interchange localization files. Prior to its existence, community members needed to invent ad hoc ways. The challenge now, is for our community to abandon ad hoc methods, and to embrace the XLIFF open standard. The question is whether XLIFF is worthy.
This keynote presentation will illustrate how the XLIFF Technical Committee members leveraged the breadth of their skill, knowledge, and experience to create a simple-yet-powerful open standard - a single standard that serves each aspect of our community - a standard unburdened by superfluous overhead.
And finally, XLIFF must be more than a technically well-engineered open standard to genuinely serve our community. XLIFF must be embraced and utilized by our community. Attendees will be challenged to think about the success or failure of XLIFF 1.2 to engage our community. This question will be dealt with squarely in the presentation’s conclusion. Many opinions have been written and expressed. Which are dubious, and which have merit? And what‘s in store for XLIFF 2.0?
|Tuesday, 21 September 2010|
|18:00||20:00||XLIFF face-to-face meeting (only for TC members)|
|Wednesday, 22 September 2010|
|09:00||09:15||Welcome (Reinhard Schäler)|
|09:15||10:00||Keynote “XLIFF's Place in the Community” (Bryan Schnabel)|
|10:00||10:40||XLIFF and LCX Format: A Comparison [PDF] (Asanka Wasala, Dag Schmidtke, Reinhard Schäler)|
|10:40||11:20||Next Generation XLIFF: Simplify - Clarify - and Extend [PDF] (Asgeir Frimannsson, Christian Lieske )|
|11:50||12:40||Panel: Minimal and modular XLIFF [PDF]
Moderator: Christian Lieske;
Panellists: Asgeir Frimannsson, Christian Lieske, Stefan Pries, Friedel Wolff
|13:40||14:20||DITA and XLIFF: A Great Marriage [PPTX] (JoAnn Hackos, Bryan Schnabel, Rodolfo Raya)|
|14:20||14:50||The route to XLIFF adoption in Oracle [PDF] (Niall Murphy)
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XLIFF and ITS: A secret marriage [PDF] (Felix Sasaki, Christian Lieske)
|14:50||15:20||XLIFF as a potential TM exchange format? [PPTX] (Martin Beuster, Gábor Ugray)
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Case study: XLIFF in a large-scale international OECD-study [PPT] (Steve Dept, Andrea Ferrari, Britta Upsing, Heiko Rölke)
Localising Business Process Repository Content [PDF] (Jörg Schütz, Alexandra Weissgerber)
Taxonomy of localisation services with XLIFF [PPT] (Naoto Nishio, Ian O’Keeffe, J.J. Collins)
|15:50||16:40||Short presentations session (without Q&As)
XLIFFs in Theory and in Reality [PDF] and XLIFF Compatibility Chart [PDF] (Micah Bly)
Increasing Quality in the Translation Process through the Integration of XLIFF with Advanced Leveraging Translation Memory and Terminology [PPTX] (Shirley Coady)
XLIFF from a volunteer's point of view [PDF] (Friedel Wolff)
GlobalSight as a case study in the deployment and use of XLIFF as an interchange format (Derek Coffey)
The problem of extensibility in XLIFF 1.2 [PDF] (Thomas Vackier)
|16:40||17:30||Panel: XLIFF metadata throughout workflows [PPT]
Moderator: David Filip;
Panellists: Gábor Ugray, Lorcan Ryan, Steve Dept, Dag Schmidtke, David Filip
Local Organisation Committee
Lucía Morado Vázquez
Eoin Ó Conchúir
Bryan Schnabel (XLIFF TC Chair, Tektronix)
Yves Savourel (ENLASO Corporation)
David Filip (Moravia IT a.s.)
Jesús Torres del Rey (Universidad de Salamanca)
Reinhard Schäler (Localisation Research Centre)
Dimitra Anastasiou (Localisation Research Centre)
Lucía Morado Vázquez (Localisation Research Centre)