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Status: Working Draft (Req Doc)
Author: Yves Savourel
Usage Scenario: Content Authoring
As an author develops content that is meant to be localized, he or she may need to label specific parts of the text for various purposes, such as:
- terms that either should not be translated or translated using a pre-existing terminology list
- sections of the document that should remain in the source language
- acronyms or specific terminology that requires an explanation note for the translator
- identification of re-usable text
In other cases, the original text itself may need to be labeled for specific information required for correct rendering, such as ruby text in Japanese [Ruby], or bidirectional overrides in Arabic [Bidi].
The use of a standardized set of tags allows authoring systems to provide a common solution for these special markers across all XML documents. This, in turn, increases the feasibility of a simple interface for performing the labeling task.
For example, the author selects a portion of text not to translate and clicks a button to mark it up as "not translatable" with a tag identical across all markup vocabularies. The availability of such interface allows the author to provide to the translators a better context of work, with minimal effort.
This scenario is relevant to:
- The technical writers developing localizable content
- The developers of authoring systems
- The localizers and the translators