TAUS, the translation innovation think tank and platform for shared industry services, has launched a common Translation Services API to be adopted by the industry. In today’s cloud environment, web APIs simplify the process of interacting with translation resources and services while also allowing a complex task to be broken down into several small and simple requests. Welocalize is sponsoring the development of a Validation to check the compliance of any implementation.
The TAUS API is complementary to all standardization initiatives related to translation and localization. Rather than try and specify all possible use scenarios, the most simple and common scenarios are covered now, with the intention of building up the specifications following adoption. The API avoids the temptation to assume or prescribe the internal processes of adopting companies.