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Version 2.01 - Iteration 1 - 4. Multi-lingual text fields

This is part of the formal proposal that makes up the first iteration of the Version 2.01 Upgrade process.
 
It has been agreed that, as an international standard, IATI needs to be consistently language neutral and allow for the multi-lingual presentation of all text fields. This involves two separate procedures:

Scrapping text of purely code elements


  • This proposal is to remove the ability to supply multilingual text between element braces on elements that require the use of codelists. In these cases the code itself should be seen as unambiguous and authoratitive, and the codelists  available on iatistandard.org should be upgraded to supply all necessary translations of both code names and descriptions.
  • This will apply to the following elements:
    • Activity Standard
      • activity-status
      • activity-scope
      • policy-marker
      • collaboration-type
      • default-finance-type
      • default-flow-type
      • default-aid-type
      • default-tied-status
      • recipient-region
      • recipient-country
      • transaction/transaction-type
      • transaction/flow-type
      • transaction/aid-type
      • transaction/finance-type
      • transaction/tied-status
      • transaction/disbursement-channel
      • document-link/category
      • document-link/language
      • related-activity
      • crs-add/loan-terms/repayment-type
      • crs-add/loan-terms/repayment-plan
      • location/exactness
      • location/location-id
    • Organisation Standard
      • recipient-country
      • file-format
      • document-category
  • for discussion go to http://support.iatistandard.org/entries/41585166-General-Standardise-multi-lingual-text-fields

Including nested, multi-lingual text elements for all elements containing free text

[NB. Change made on 9 June 2014: Element <text> has been renamed <narrative> to avoid confusion with xml text()]

  • Example 1
    • Current Usage
      • <title xml:lang="en">English Title</title>
      • <title xml:lang="fr">Titre français</title>
    • Proposed Change
      • <title>
      •    <narrative xml:lang="en">English Title</narrative>
      •    <narrative xml:lang="fr">Titre français</narrative>
      • </title>
  • Example 2
    • Current Usage
      • <sector vocabulary="RO" xml:lang="en code="456">Water and sanitation</sector>
      • <sector vocabulary="RO" xml:lang="fr" code="456">Eau et assainissement</sector>
    • Proposed Change
      • <sector vocabulary="99" code="456">
      •     <narrative xml:lang="en">Water and sanitation</narrative>
      •     <narrative xml:lang="en">Eau et assainissement</narrative>
      • </sector>
  • Elements to be modified are:
    • Activity Standard 
      • reporting-org
        [added 27-05-2014: omitted in error]
      • participating-org
        [added 27-05-2014: omitted in error]
      • title
      • description
      • contact-info/organisation
      • contact-info/person-name
      • contact-info/job-title
      • contact-info/mailing-address
      • location/name
      • location/description
      • location/activity-description
      • country-budget-items/budget-item/description
      • transaction/description
      • document-link/title
      • conditions/condition
      • result/title
      • result/description
      • result/indicator/title
      • result/indicator/description
      • result/indicator/baseline/comment
      • result/indicator/period/target/comment
      • result/indicator/period/actual/comment
    • Organisation Standard
      • reporting-org
      • iati-organisation
      • document-link/title
  • for discussion go to http://support.iatistandard.org/entries/41585166-General-Standardise-multi-lingual-text-fields

 

For technical details about implementing this proposal go to : https://github.com/IATI/IATI-Schemas/issues/68

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