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From Florian Müller <>
Subject Re: Language dependent properties in CMIS
Date Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:21:03 GMT
Hi Sascha,

You are right, the CMIS spec doesn't cover this case. So, here is my 

With a small, fixed set of languages, I would introduce a property per 
language, as you described. I would probably name them something like 
"article-description[en]", "article-description[fr]", and 
I would also add two extensions to the property definition; one that 
associated them and one that provides the language of the property. Most 
clients would ignore those, but a custom client may use them in the 
future to provide a better user experience.
(Btw. Such property definition attributes could be added to the spec if 
it is a common use case and if somebody makes a proposal.)

With a large set of languages and sparse translations I would go for a 
multi-value property. Each property value then would have to be prefixed 
with the language code. It makes it more difficult for the client and 
the server has to validate the property values, but it's better than 
introducing 30 new properties of which most are empty.

- Florian

> Hello together,
> as the CMIS spec does not mention "language dependent" properties this
> is more an architectural/implementation question so I decided to post
> it here instead on the OASIS CMIS TC mailing list.
> Hope it fits.
> We are having some language dependent properties in our system and
> want to pass them via CMIS. For example a property
> “article-description” can have the same text in english, french and
> german.
> Any ideas/recommendations on how to model such properties in CMIS
> would be welcome.
> I thought about simply introducing new properties like
> “article-description_en”, “article-description_fr” etc.
> Thx in advance
> Cheers
> Sascha
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