Preparing & Translating Supported File Types

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Extension .svg
Smartling Identifier svg
Example sample.svg
Resources Official SVG Standards


SVG is an XML-based markup language for describing two-dimensional graphics applications and images, and a set of related graphics script interfaces.

File directives for inline and API Service configuration parameters are listed below.

Default Parsing

Each <text> element is parsed as a string. 

Preparing Content for Translation

Smartling recognizes text in SVG files that use the <text> element to signify text to be translated.  Only content in the <text> element will be ingested for translation. 

Before uploading the SVG into Smartling, it's best to open the file in a Text Editor application to view exactly what content is within the <text> element.

Unsupported Functions

  • HTML Parsing
  • Key/Variants
  • Plurals
  • Instructions
  • Excluding content within the<text> element


File directives are supported, both inline and via our APIDirectives are specified in comments within the files, in the following format:

Inline File Format

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

API Parameter

smartling.[directive_name] = [value] 

Here are some examples of [directive_name], along with example values or paths.



Values  A comma-separated list of paths to be captured as strings for translation. 

When included in this list, all plain text within the specified tag will be considered a translatable string. Optionally, you can append a “.” and a relevant attribute name to the path to translate tag attributes with the file. You can end the path with a trailing slash, “/” and it will treat all child nodes as translatable (content must still be text within a tag). 

* wildcards are supported

This directive is optional, as any content in the <text> element will be ingested for translation. 
This directive does not override or exclude content in the <text> element from being translated.


<!-- smartling.translate_paths = data/localize/string, data/*/root/,data/localize.title, --> 

Smartling will translate content in the data/localize/string & data/any/root nodes. The title attribute of the data/localize node will also be translated.



Values 1) Custom Perl 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.

<!-- smartling.placeholder_format_custom = \[.+?\] -->

Any characters surrounded by square brackets will be treated as a placeholder.



Description  Used to specify a standard placeholder format. 

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

Specifies iOS-style placeholders for the file.

See Placeholders in Resource Files for more on placeholders.




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

The default value is on


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.

Whitespace is optionally trimmed from content then re-inserted on download for convenience so that translators do not have to manage the extra spaces. However, content owners may want to retain surrounding whitespace so that translators can manipulate it during translation.

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.



Smartling will trim leading and trailing whitespaces (default)


Smartling will not trim leading or trailing whitespaces


Smartling will trim only leading whitespaces


Smartling will trim only trailing whitespaces


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