XLIFF

XML Localization Interchange File Format

File Extensions.xlf, .xliff
API Extensionxlf
Format Optionsenclose_in_cdata, include_translation_state
ImportYes
ExportYes
Pluralization supported?No
Descriptions supported?Yes

Example

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xliff xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:1.2" version="1.2">
  <file original="global" datatype="plaintext" source-language="de-DE" target-language="en-GB">
    <body>
      <trans-unit id="boolean_key">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">--- true
</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">--- true
</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="empty_string_translation">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE"/>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB"/>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="key_with_description">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Schau dir das mal an! Dieser Schlüssel hat eine Beschreibung!</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">Check it out! This key has a description! (At least in some formats)</target>
        <note>This is the amazing description for this key!</note>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="key_with_line-break">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Diese Übersetzung hat
einen Zeilenumbruch.</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">This translations contains
a line-break.</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="nested.deeply.key">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Wow, dieser Schlüssel ist noch tiefer verschachtelt.</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">Wow, this key is nested even deeper.</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="nested.key">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Dieser Schlüssel ist innerhalb eines Namensraumes verschachtelt.</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">This key is nested inside a namespace.</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="null_translation">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE"/>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB"/>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="sample_collection">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">---
- erstes Item
- zweites Item
</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">---
- first item
- second item
- third item
</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="simple_key">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Nur ein einfacher Schlüssel mit einer einfachen Nachricht.</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">Just a simple key with a simple message.</target>
      </trans-unit>
      <trans-unit id="unverified_key">
        <source xml:lang="de-DE">Diese Übersetzung ist noch nicht bestätigt und wartet drauf!</source>
        <target xml:lang="en-GB">This translation is not yet verified and waits for it. (In some formats we also export this status)</target>
      </trans-unit>
    </body>
  </file>
</xliff>

Format Options

OptionTypeUploadDownloadDefaultDescription
enclose_in_cdatabooleanclosecheckfalseEncloses translations containing html tags in CDATA
include_translation_statebooleanclosecheckfalseInclude state of translations in the target locale

Note

Xcode can package your localizable strings into the industry standard XLIFF format to send off for localization with PhraseApp.


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