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The XliffSerializer classes assist in the conversion of translation Jobs from the internal TranslationJob class to the open source XLIFF (v1.2 or v2.0) format.

They are used within the majority of translation providers for submitting and receiving translation jobs from external sources.


The Xliff12Serializer and the Xliff20Serializer within Translation Manager both impliment the IJobSerializer Interface :

public interface IJobSerializer<TFormat>
    string Name { get; }
    string Format { get; }

    TranslationAttempt<TFormat> Serialize(TranslationJob job, string sourceLang, string targetLang, bool splitHtml);
    TranslationAttempt<TranslationJob> Deserialize(TFormat source, TranslationJob job, bool valuesInSource, bool matchLanguages);


The following code, would take a TranslationJob (job) and convert it to an XLIFF Document (in memory)

    var serializer = new Xliff20Serializer(logger);
    var attempt = serializer.Serialize(job, sourceCulture.Name, targetCulture.Name, false);
    if (attempt)
        // attempt.Result contains XLIFF Document. 

Typically once a provider has the XLIFF document in memory it can stream it to the external service. - but if required there are also XliffHelper classes that can stream the XLIFF to and from disk.