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As SDL continues to deliver on our strategic goal of consolidating on a single technology stack for language processing, we are pleased to see continual adoption of the next generation of SDL File Types, producing SDLXLIFF files for translation and review in SDL Trados Studio. Going forward, we would like to make all our users - system owners, project managers, translators, reviewers - aware of our clear intent to deprecate the legacy filters.
The planned date for this deprecation, in line with SDL's end-of-life policy, will be 18 months after the release of SDL WS 11.1 (General Availability: December 2016).
As we monitor the increasing adoption of the SDLXLIFF-based File Types, we need to focus our engineering efforts on these newer filters. For a better integration between WorldServer and Trados Studio we will use the same version of SDL File Types. Issues reported through the Support channel relating to legacy file filters will draw the following response:
One important premise that all users should be aware of is that all defects reported against legacy filters will no longer be resolved after the release of WS 11.1. In reality, our user base should appreciate no difference in response, given that this is the current status quo.
For next WorldServer release the legacy filters will be marked as “Deprecated”. The default values for MIME-Types for new installations will be the newest SDL File Types. Existing file types based on legacy filters continue to work for new or ongoing jobs but SDL encourages you to migrate to using the new file types where possible.
This article is intended to formalize and publicize this state of affairs to provide unambiguous clarity.
New SDL Filter
Microsoft Word 2000-2003 File Type
Microsoft Word 2007-2013 File Type
Microsoft Word 2007-2016 File Type
Microsoft Excel 2000-2003 File Type
Microsoft Excel 2007-2013 File Type
Microsoft Excel 2007-2016 File Type
HTML (NT) Filter
HTML 4 File Type, HTML 5 File Type
Adobe InDesign CS4-CC IDML File Type
Java Properties Filter
Java Resources File Type
Adobe FrameMaker 8-13 MIF File Type
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007-2013 File Type
Microsoft PowerPoint XP-2003 File Type
QuarkXPress Export File Type
Rich Text Format (RTF) File Type
HTML 5 File Type
Text File Type
XML (NT Filter)
Any XML File Type
Custom XML (Embedded Content Processor) File Type
Thanks a lot, Eric! Please send the list to me and Ray H. too.
Will do. I will compile a list and get that to you. Should i just send an email to you and Ray H.?
This is our intention, to have all features of legacy filter, which are used, covered by FTS in the next 18 months.
I will appreciate a lot if you can provide me a list of missed features from FTS and their priority for LDS.
I guess having the filters not come from the open exchange is fine, the problem i am trying to get at is that legacy filters shouldn't be removed until their feature-set has been caught up with by the FTS filters. For example, SID support was only added in the last year and only for two file types.
JSON filter will be included in core product starting with next WS release. To include other filters found on SDL open exchange is not possible as we don't have the framework prepared to do it.