Statements of Use of XLIFF 2.0 – April 2014
This report gathers all the Statements of Use (SOU) that were collected during the approval process of the major new version XLIFF 2.0. The SOU were collected between 2nd and 14th April 2014 to satisfy the OASIS TC process requirements for a Committee Specification to progress as an OASIS Candidate standard. At least three SOU (at least one of them by an OASIS member) are required in order to submit a candidate OASIS standard (OASIS, 2014). Seven SOU were collected during the aforementioned dates and approved by the OASIS XLIFF Technical Committee (XLIFF TC) on 15th April 2014. Although 7 complete responses were collected, 3 of them count as a single SOU by OASIS policy as they were made by the same implementer. Effectively XLIFF has gathered 5 SOU of which 3 were by OASIS members, so the TC Process requirement was satisfied and the TC Officers requested that TC Administration hold a Special Majority Vote to approve submitting of XLIFF Version 2.0, Committee Specification 01, published on 31 March 2014 as a candidate OASIS standard. The seven tools that have implemented XLIFF 2.0 have been developed by content owners, tool makers, service providers and researchers. Their answers give us a good overview of the early implementations of the new XLIFF version. This report is indeed a snapshot of the state of the art back in April 2014 as several new implementations are underway in the meantime and also the SOU changed, most notably, modules support has been boosted.
The seven tools support XLIFF 2.0 core and some of the optional modules also receive solid support from the tools (Translation Candidates, Glossary and Metadata are supported by 4 tools each, Format Style buy 2 tools. One of the tools already had support for all the eight optional modules.
The results obtained indicate that the new version of the XLIFF standard (2.0) is getting early support and that the Committee Specification was robust enough to be implemented successfully among the tools included in this study.
The objective of this report is to gather and analyse all the information obtained during the SOU process and present it in comprehensive manner, as well as to provide the language services industry community with this valuable information. This study serves as state of the art of the early implementations of the new version OASIS XLIFF 2.0 in Computer Aided Translation (CAT) tools in a broad sense, i.e. not just translation editors but also extractors, mergers, modifiers, enrichers and any other agents capable of reading or manipulating XLIFF files. The underlying survey was based on a previous version specifically designed to gather information of XLIFF support in CAT tools. However, that survey design had to be extensively modified to collect XLIFF 2.0 data and to serve as a valid mechanism for presenting valid SOU according to the current OASIS policies. The design of the survey was discussed publicly on the XLIFF TC mailing list and its final design was opened for submissions on 2nd April, 2014.
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