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  • From: Tony Graham <tgraham@mulberrytech.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 11:09:47 -0500 (EST)

At 9 Nov 1998 08:30 -0600, Deke Smith wrote:
 > A MUCH more complicated translation format can be found from LISA at:
 > <http://www.lisa.org/tmx/index.html>. This may or may not be overkill for what you are doing.

While you may find concepts from the TMX work that are useful to you,
TMX stands for Translation Memory eXchange, and is concerned with
importing and exporting portions of translation memory -- phrases that
have been translated once and saved so they don't need to be
translated again -- between translation tools.  TMX has structures for
parallel portions of text in multiple languages, but there is no
concept that these chunks of text can, should, or will string together
to make a coherent "document", in anybody's sense of the word.  The
only markup in a TMX document, which is in XML, is concerned with
delimiting and identifying the parallel chunks of text for the
purposes of the translation tool: other markup from the source
document may be saved in the TMX document (with significant XML
characters escaped with entities) but only as a translation aid for
those tools that can use it.


Tony Graham
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