Members of the OASIS XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) TC
 have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot  to advance XLIFF Version 2.0 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.
XLIFF Version 2.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
27 April 2014
The XML Localisation Interchange File Format (XLIFF) is a vocabulary designed to store localizable data and carry it from one step of a localization process to the other, while allowing interoperability between and among tools.
Using proprietary or non-standard formats in localization projects force either the source provider or the service provider to implement costly, inefficient pre-processing of localisable content. For publishers with diverse resource formats, this becomes a major hurdle to localizing software.
XLIFF addresses this problem by defining a standard, extensible vocabulary that captures relevant metadata for any point in the lifecycle so that it can then be exchanged between a variety of commercial and open-source tools. The specifications are tool-neutral, support the entire localization process, and support common software and document data formats and mark-up languages.
XLIFF is implemented and supported by a broad, international community that has developed a number of tools to support the standard including a test suite, an online validator, and an open source Java Library to create, write, read and manipulate XLIFF 2.0 documents. The community’s fifth symposium is scheduled for this coming June in Dublin, Ireland.
Advancing a multi-lingual data exchange standard for localisation, the XLIFF TC has developed XLIFF Version 2.0 as the successor to XLIFF Version 1.2, approved as an OASIS Standard in February of 2008. The 2.0 public review release contains a core specification along with 8 modules with advanced data and metadata exchange functionality in various areas such as translation candidates, size restrictions, formatting preview etc.
Public Review Period:
The 60-day public review starts 07 May 2014 at 00:00 GMT and ends 05 July 2014 at 23:59 GMT.
This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.
The prose specification document and related files are available here:
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