Open Source


Open Source


Phil Ritchie, CTO Vistatec

Only a few short years ago the very first 400 lines of Ocelot source code were committed to GitHub.

Ocelot was born out of a Vistatec business requirement to finesse the process of linguistic quality review, with the aim of improving some poor ergonomics, removing double-entry and integrating with some industry standards.

Although it was never conceived to be another Computer Aided Translation workbench, the current version has translator oriented features such as the use of translation memories, concordance search, and the visualization and movement of inline mark-up. Ocelot’s dominant features are its foundation upon open standards: XLIFF 1.2 and 2.0, ITS 2.0, TMX and the Okapi Framework.

The first two years of Ocelot development were supported by the European Commission LT-Web Project but Vistatec remains committed to it as a strategic application. Indeed, it is a core component of Vistatec’s Deep Content service and Vistatec remains the largest contributor within the open source community.

The list of contributors to the project is currently small but of very high quality. Some of the industry’s most experienced engineers have directly, or indirectly by way of the Okapi Framework, injected their knowledge and skill to the benefit of the wider localization industry. Special mention here to Spartan Software Inc. who have been supporters of the project since inception.

This article first appeared in VTQ Magazine. 
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