XML-Spreadsheet for UBL v1.0 IDD draft spreadsheet available

2008 Sep 19

XML-Spreadsheet for the multilingual translation table work done in UBL v1.0 IDD (International Data Dictionary) draft spreadsheet is now available.  The XML-Spreadsheet is an extremely simple XML format to convey as faithfully as possible the content and structure of original spreadsheets.  This allows all the power XML tools, utilities, processors, systems and knowledge to be used easily on the content of spreadsheets.

This XML-Spreadsheet is generated based on the spreadsheet file wd-UBL-1(1).0-IDD-2.xls found in http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/19299/wd-UBL-1.0-IDD-2.xls

The spreadsheet contains extensive works by various people worldwide who made the translation table possible.  The aim of generating a corresponding XML-Spreadsheet format is, thus, to expose the exact content to more facets of usage so that the translation effort could be further leveraged in more applications and purposes.  By storing them in readily processable and referenceable XML-Spreadsheet format, it is possible to imagine a receiving XML processor not only validating an incoming UBL invoice, but also translates on-the-fly the corresponding terms into localized languages based on contents found in XML-Spreadsheet.  In effect, XML-Spreadsheet multilingual translation table has made it possible for various XML systems to become IDD-conversant!

Possible uses of this XML-spreadsheet (especially for non-English user systems):
    * Translate UBL schema terms on-the-fly
    * Translate UBL instance terms within documents on-the-fly
    * Use as accurate screen  labels for user-inputs in software and applications
    * Use as help-text for user-input text labels
    * Use as on-the-fly PDF translation for archival of incoming/outgoing UBL instances
    * Use as linguistically localized  print-outs of  e-documents, such as Invoice, Order
    * Others.

All comments, suggestions, feedbacks, bugs, etc are most welcome!

Chin Chee-Kai

Multilingual XML-Spreadsheet for UBL v1.0 (Download):

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