Supported File Types

HTML

Extension .html
Smartling Identifier html
Example File  
Resources HTML5 Standards

By default Smartling will create a single String for each block element in the HTML document. Additionally the value of alt and title attributes are captured as a single string. Smartling does not capture the values of any other attributes.

HTML-like template files, such as those used by Angular, Ember, Backbone, EJS, Handlebars, etc, are not officially supported by Smartling and should not be uploaded as HTML files. See Localizing Templated Applications for more information.

Variants

HTML files uploaded via our API supports the data-sl-variant attribute, similar to our Global Delivery Network (GDN). See an example here.

Exclude Content from Translation

Content inline in an HTML file can be marked as not translatable through attributes on tags:

<a href="" class="notranslate">
<a href="" translate="no"">
<a href="" translate="no"">
<a href="" data-sl-notranslate="no">
<a href="" class="notranslate">
<a href="" translate="no"">
<a href="" translate="no"">
<a href="" data-sl-notranslate="no">

Standard Placeholder Format

See Placeholders in Resource Files for more on placeholders.

Directive

Format

<!-- smartling.[directive_name] = [value] -->

 

placeholder_format

Values NONE; C; IOS; PYTHON; JAVA; YAML; QT; RESX; standalone_html
Description Used to specify a standard placeholder format.
Examples

<!-- smartling.placeholder_format = IOS -->

Specifies iOS-style placeholders for the file.

 

placeholder_format_custom

Values 1) Custom Java compatible regular expression.
2) NONE - disables any current custom placeholders
Description Specifies a custom placeholder format. Any text in your file matching the regular expression you provide will be captured as a placeholder.
Examples

<!-- smartling.placeholder_format_custom=\{([^}]+)\} -->

Any characters surrounded by curly brackets, e.g., {first name}, will be treated as a placeholder.

See Placeholders in Resource Files for more on placeholders.

force_inline_for_tags

Values  Comma-separated html tag list
Description This parameter forces the html parser to treat the listed tags as inline. The difference between block and inline tags is that block tags are used to split html into strings, whereas inline tags are included in strings.
Examples  <!-- smartling.force_inline_for_tags = external_link,reference -->

Any <external_link> or <reference> tags will be parsed as inline tags. Smartling will not create separate strings for content in these tags.

 

force_block_for_tags

Values  Comma-separated html tag list
Description

This parameter forces the html parser to treat the listed tags as string separators. The difference between block and inline tags is that block tags are used to split html into strings, whereas inline tags are included in strings.

Note: If any tag is pointed in both smartling.force_block_for_tags and  smartling.force_inline_for_tags, the force_block_for_tags directive prevails.

Examples  <!-- smartling.force_block_for_tags=br -->

Enables string separation by <br> tags

 

include_translatable_attributes

Values Comma-separated list of HTML attributes
Description Instructs Smartling to capture the text of a list of HTML attributes for translation. For example, this can be used to capture the title attribute of a button.
Examples <!-- smartling.include_translatable_attributes = title, alt, class, description -->

Will capture text in title, description, class, and alt attributes of any element as a translatable string

 

exclude_translatable_attributes

Values Comma-separated list of HTML attributes
Description

Instructs Smartling to exclude the text of a list of HTML attributes for translation. For example, this can be used to exclude the title attribute of a button.

This directive takes precedence over the include_translatable_attributes directive.

Examples

<!-- smartling.exclude_translatable_attributes = title, alt -->

Will exclude text in title and alt attributes of any element as a translatable string

 

collapse_html_whitespace

Values on|yes|true|off|no|false (case-insensitive)
Description

Disables or enables the HTML whitespace collapsing.

By default, this is enabled, so the HTML parser turns all new lines into spaces and collapses a sequence of spaces into one space.

Examples

<!-- smartling.collapse_html_whitespace = off -->

Disables whitespace collapsing

 

pseudo_inflation

Values  Integer - Accepted values are 0 - 100
Description Sets the percentage by which original strings are inflated when downloading pseudo translations. If this directive is not set, pseudo translations are 30 percent longer than the original strings.
Examples <!-- smartling.pseudo_inflation = 80 -->

Downloaded pseudo translations will increase the length of original strings by 80 percent.

 

whitespace_trim

Values 

on|yes|true or off|no|false or leading|trailing

The default value is on

Description 

A whitespace is any character or series of characters that represent horizontal or vertical space in typography. When rendered, a whitespace character is not a visible mark, but does occupy an area or space on a page.

Although whitespaces are necessary within a string (typically to separate words), unnecessary whitespaces can be found at the start of a string (leading) and at the end of a string (trailing).

With this directive, you can trim whitespaces, as it enables or disables whitespace trim management for the ingested strings.

By default, the leading and trailing whitespaces are trimmed.

You can choose to disable trimming or specify trimming for leading or trailing whitespaces.

The directive can be used inline or as the API request parameter.

Examples 

<!-- smartling.whitespace_trim=on -->

Smartling will trim leading and trailing whitespaces (default)

<!-- smartling.whitespace_trim=off -->

Smartling will not trim leading or trailing whitespaces

<!-- smartling.whitespace_trim=leading -->

Smartling will trim only leading whitespaces

<!-- smartling.whitespace_trim=trailing -->

Smartling will trim only trailing whitespaces

 

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