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Worldspan Chooses SDL to Provide Localized User Interfaces for Trip Manager XE? Self-Booking Solutio

SDL plc

Wednesday, 3 May, 2006

Maidenhead, UK

SDL International, the leader in the emerging market for global information management (GIM) solutions, announced it has entered a new technology partnership with global travel technology leader Worldspan, L.P. SDL delivers outsourced localization services for Worldspan's corporate travel management solution, Trip Manager XE, a premier Web-based self-booking tool in use by travel agencies and their corporate clients worldwide.

As part of its corporate strategy to grow global revenues from its diversified product range, Worldspan recently launched the Italian language version of Worldspan Trip Manager XE. Worldspan contracted with SDL International to deliver high-quality localized versions of the user interface as well as the supporting documentation and help functions. This allows Worldspan to provide corporations, their corporate travel managers and Worldspan partner travel agencies with a completely Italian application for managing travel programs and expenditures.

SDL International has also provided additional language and dialect support for localization of Worldspan Trip Manager XE in French Canadian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Mexican Spanish. This has helped Worldspan provide an improved user experience and extend its reach across more global markets.

SDL's localization services form part of its Global Information Management (GIM) solution portfolio. SDL provides a full suite of enterprise technologies developed from customer engagements around the world to optimize the delivery of all global content, from authoring to publishing. Working with Worldspan as an outsourced partner, SDL has been able to leverage its technology portfolio for project workflow management, terminology management, translation memory and sophisticated quality checking. This has enabled Worldspan to deliver consistent localized versions of Trip Manager XE with usability levels equal to the source English version.

"SDL has supported Worldspan's product development for a number of years and we are pleased to sustain this relationship," said Graham Nichols, Worldspan vice president and general manager EMEAA. "Trip Manager XE continues to become more sophisticated for local market users and SDL's expertise and translation services help give our solutions the necessary competitive edge."

"SDL technologies learn from each translation project, resulting in a substantial database of Worldspan's approved terminology and translated content," stated John Tridgell, Travel Industry Marketing Manager at SDL. "Moving forward, Worldspan will continue to see improvements in efficiencies and time to market by leveraging this database for ongoing updates to Trip Manager XE."

Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers, travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. It is also the global leader in Web-based travel e-commerce, providing travel distribution and technology products and services to approximately 65 online travel agencies, including the majority of the world's largest.

About SDL International
SDL International is the leader in the emerging market for global information management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed localization supply chain - www.sdl.com.