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Industry Standards

International standards are critical to global economic development in all industry sectors. The language industry is by no means an exception particularly given the massive changes that have taken place in information technologies in recent years. The language industry faces formidable challenges of increasing demands for larger and larger quantities of information, in more and more languages, all electronically interchangeable and easily retrievable. Technology is widely regarded as key to meeting these challenges. The technology must be based on standards in order to be adopted on a global scale. And national players such as Canada's language services, educational institutions, and technology suppliers need to support international standards for process and quality to compete in global markets.

Members are invited to consult the Standards and Guidelines for the Language Industry for a comprehesive index of language-related standards.  In addition, please find below information about LISA OSCAR and other standards.

Translation Memory eXchange (TMX)

Current version

Older/draft versions

Term Base eXchange (TBX) (identical to ISO 30042:2008)

Current version

Additional Resources

Segmentation Rules eXchange (SRX)

Current Version

Older/draft versions

  • SRX 1.0 (April 20, 2004, includes XML schema and DTD representations)

Global information management Metrics eXchange – Volume (GMX-V)

Current version

XML Text Memory (xml:tm)

Current version

A Word About LISA OSCAR Standards

In March 2011 the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) was declared insolvent. As a result LISA’s portfolio of standards has been authorized to be posted under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License that allows for reuse and creation of derivative works based on the LISA standards.

Note that LISA has designated the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Localization Industry Standards (LIS) Industry Specification Group (ISG) as its successor organization for its standards portfolio.

The LISA OSCAR standard documents and materials are available for download under the above license agreement. Note that the LISA logo and standards logos remain trademarked property of the Localization Industry Standards Association and may not be used without the express written consent of LISA. For information on these and other assets, please contact Mr. Michal Anobile (michal_anobile@yahoo.com). For more information on the former LISA specifications or to report errors in these documents, please contact Dr. Arle Lommel (arle.lommel@gmail.com).