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XML Localization Interchange File Format Version 2 (XLIFF 2.0)

Everything you need to be made aware of XLIFF 2.0 and how it differs from its XLIFF 1.2 counterpart

File Extensions .xlf, .xliff
API Extension xlf
Import Yes
Export Yes
Pluralization supported? No
Descriptions supported? No
Format Options ignore_source_translations, ignore_target_translations


XLIFF 2.0 is an update on the more commonly used XLIFF 1.2. Similar to its predecessor, it is an XML-based variation that uses tags such as “<source>”, “<target>” to store original and translated texts for a given source file. In addition, it also extracts non-translatable data including variables, codes, and comments and saves them in its customized elements.  

Compared with XLIFF 1.2, XLIFF 2.0 has the advantage of simplicity, which comes from its better organized DOM structure and application of modularity.  

Note: XLIFF 2.0 has a different DOM structure than XLIFF 1.2. Therefore, the two formats are most times incompatible. 

Code Sample

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<xliff version="2.0" xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:2.0" srcLang="en" trgLang="de">
<file original="ng.template" id="ngi18n">
<unit id="key_name">
<notes>
<note category="meaning">header</note>
<note category="location">app/app.component.ts:2</note>
</notes>
<segment>
<source>Hello</source>
<target>Hallo</target>
</segment>
</unit>
</file>
</xliff>

Format Options

 

Identifier ignore_source_translations  
Type boolean  
Upload Yes
Download No
Default false
Description Ignores the source translations in the file during the upload (to avoid accidental source language updates)

 

Identifier ignore_target_translations  
Type boolean  
Upload Yes
Download No
Default false
Description Ignores the target translations in the file during the upload (to avoid accidental source language updates)