The COTI Standard

 COTI was adopted by the Association of German Manufacturers of Authoring and Content Management Systems (DERCOM for short) and defines a common data exchange format between content management systems and translation memory systems. The idea is to create a standardized interface to start translation projects from content management systems and to make it possible to return finalized translations from CAT tools. There are three levels to the COTI standard:
  • COTI Level 1: Defines a COTI package, or file, that can simply be manually exchanged between the content management system and CAT tool. The content management system creates the package, the CAT system imports it, and vice versa.
  • COTI Level 2: Adds an automated step to the standard using exchange folders. The content management system places its COTI package in a specific exchange folder. This is monitored by the CAT tool, and as soon as a package is filed there, the CAT tool automatically creates a project. Once the project is complete, the CAT tool places the finished COTI package in the second exchange folder, which is monitored by the content management system. As soon as the finalized translation is present as a COTI package, the content management system automatically imports the translation.
  • COTI Level 3: This level is still relatively vague in the specification. It is based on the “hot” integration on a standardized API. This means all CAT tools can communicate directly with all content management systems. To date this level has not yet been realized by any manufacturers and demonstrates there are still gaps in the specification.

SDL has completely outsourced the development of COTI interfaces to Kaleidoscope.


COTI Level 1

Opening COTI Packages in SDL Trados Studio

This COTI level has been realized using a simple Studio plugin, which enables COTI projects to be selected and opened manually. A standard Studio project is created, which can be translated as normal. It is important to note that a file type for the respective data format of the content management system is needed later on! The data is also returned using the Studio plugin. Simply select the source package and define a target folder. The plugin creates the target language COTI package, which you can then manually return to the client.

You can simply download the COTI Plugin from the SDL Appstore


COTI Level 2

Automation Using Exchange Folders

COTI Level 2 has been realized using Connecting Content. Connecting Content is Kaleidoscope’s existing automation platform for SDL Trados Studio, GroupShare, and WorldServer. Designing this application with a standard configuration for COTI was therefore the obvious thing to do. Connecting Content monitors the exchange folder and automatically creates the relevant project in Studio, GroupShare, or WorldServer when a COTI package appears. Once the project is complete, the target language COTI package can be automatically created from Studio using the COTI Level 1 plugin or Connecting Content.

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COTI Level 3

Direct interaction via web services API

This COTI level enables the complete “hot” integration to a standardized API. Thus, all CAT tools can talk directly to all authoring systems.

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Product Documents

You will find the Connecting Content User Manual here.

Trial version

The COTI plugin can be downloaded for free from SDL AppStore. Connecting Content cannot be implemented without configuring it to the specific requirements of a CMS or other leading system. Therefore we cannot offer a standard free trial for download.

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