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Why Xillio embraces TAPICC

Modern API’s are essential

Xillio realized the first practical TAPICC implementation with the launch of LocHub. Our goal is to pioneer the use of TAPICC in a practical scenario. The TAPICC might be seen as a failure in the localization industry, but we think that is because most people want it to fail. Not because it does not work.

The truth is that each industry is heading towards and ecosystem economy. And for an ecosystem to work, modern API’s are essential.

The main advantages of an ecosystem approach are the following:

  • New insights, innovations, use cases and ease of use for the buyer
  • New distribution channels and offerings for the seller
  • Ease of use for developer to integrate

These advantages are only possible with modern API-based technology.

New value for translation industry

Majority of Language Technology providers do not have modern technology and can not easily support modern API’s either. Secondly, majority of language technology providers are still very much focused on a vendor lock in approach. Hence, the current 'failure' of TAPICC.

In our view, the question to ask is: "What is stronger. The power of the incumbent technology providers to fight change or market trends?
We have seen in every industry so far that the global trends win in each market. Why would localization be any different? If the incumbents keep fighting it, they will simply put themselves out of business.

Modern API’s are very easy to implement. If your technology is built with the right standards, implementing a TAPICC client will not take you more than 40-120 man hours.

LocHub aims to facilitate a modern ecosystem approach within localization. Cloud has fundamentally changed how the world does business. Cloud favors API-first and triggers the start and possibility of ecosystems. We combine the API-first approach and the interoperability principles of TAPICC to create new value for the translation industry. This resulted in LocHub.

Examples of TAPICC integration

In the 2-min video, our partner Kaleidoscope demonstrates how to localize Adobe Experience Manager pages using LocHub, Connecting Content and the TAPICC integration in SDL Trados GroupShare.

This video, we show how WordPress content is translated with the TMS Translate5 and the TAPICC protocol.

It's long past the time when "lock-in" should be a viable sales strategy. As David Filip eloquently put it, "companies should compete on the special sauce, not on the can opener." Xillio's LocHub and marketplace are great examples of how a standardized approach to APIs and interoperability (the heart of TAPICC) can drive progress and innovation in the areas that actually matter to customers."


Allison Ferch, Executive Director
Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)

The language industry needs standard APIs and TAPICC. The standards will become more important as language technology proliferates and new product classes start to hit the market.”


Konstantin Dranch,
Localization Industry Researcher

Congratulations to Xillio for this courageous step to help boost the TAPICC project and global content APIs. We at Kaleidoscope, and also me personally as a former GALA board member, of course fully support this initiative. The adoption of TAPICC was a major roadblock until Xillio joined the forces.”


Klaus Fleischman, CEO

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