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Editing XLIFF Documents

XLIFF (XML Localization Interchange File Format) is an XML-based format that was designed to standardize the way multilingual data is passed between tools during a localization process. Oxygen XML Author provides the following support for editing XLIFF documents:

XLIFF Version 1.2, 2.0, and 2.1 Support:
  • New document templates for XLIFF documents.
  • A default CSS file (xliff.css) used for rendering XLIFF content in Author mode is stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/css/.
  • Validation and content completion support using local catalogs. The default catalog (catalog.xml) for version 1.2 is stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/schemas/1.2, for version 2.0 in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/schemas/2.0, and for version 2.1 in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/schemas/2.1.
XLIFF Version 2.0 and 2.1 Enhanced Support:
Support for validating XLIFF 2.0 and 2.1 documents using modules. For version 2.0, the default modules are stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/schemas/2.0/modules and for version 2.1, they are stored in [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/frameworks/xliff/schemas/2.1.

Editing XLIFF Documents in Author Mode

By default, when you create a new XLIFF document from a template, Oxygen XML Author opens it in Text mode. Aside from the normal editing features found in Text mode, you can also switch to Author mode where Oxygen XML Author offers some special form controls specifically for XLIFF documents. These form controls simply allow you to add or edit XLIFF attribute values and content in a visual mode.

For XLIFF version 2.0 and 2.1 documents, you can also change the style of the visual editing mode. The Styles drop-down menu on the toolbar offers the following styles that are specifically designed to render XLIFF 2.0 and 2.1 documents in Author mode:
  • Default
  • Classic
  • Translate