Preparing Content for Translation

Plain Text

 

Extension .txt
Smartling Identifier plainText 

The plain text document format is a simple way to quickly translate text. Smartling considers each line of text in the document a single translation string. Each string is considered unique by file - which means if two files have the exact same line of text - they will be captured as two separate strings.

No inline directives: The file directives supported by plain text file are available only via the API. No "inline" directives are supported for plain text files.

Standard Placeholder Format

See Placeholders in Resource Files for more information.

Directives

Format

smartling.[directive_name] = [value]

 

entity_escaping

Exact delivery depends on file type.

Values auto (default)
true (or yes)
false (or no)
Description

Can control whether or not characters will be "escaped" into entities when delivering translations. This can be set universally for the whole file via API, or by setting the directive at the top/start of the file. The directive can also be placed inline to control the behavior of specific strings.

Examples

To use inline:
<!-- smartling.entity_escaping = false -->

String:
<!-- smartling.entity_escaping = auto -->

For example, your translation might look like this:
Smartling HTML escaping < > & " example string4

By default, using the "auto" setting, we would assume this is HTML from the <hr> tag and it would be converted to:
Smartling HTML escaping &lt; &gt; &amp; &quot; example string4

Using smartling.entity_escaping = false would allow Smartling HTML escaping < > & " example string4 to appear as it should.

placeholder_format

Values  NONE; C; IOS; PYTHON; JAVA; YAML; QT, RESX 
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 Perl compatible regular expression.
2) NULL - 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 square brackets will be treated as a placeholder.

 

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.

 



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