ULI Charter

Problem Statement

Localization Industry has problems in data interchange between service end points. With ULI, the intent is to solve the following problems:
  • Inconsistent application, implementation, and interpretation of standards
  • Lack of clear requirements for localization data interchange

Localization Interoperability Definition

Ensuring reliable localization data interchange through consistent implementation of localization standards and file formats.

Charter and Objectives

ULI will be the expert group with representatives from localization service consumers, localization service providers, tools/technology experts, academia and standards organization to advise on interoperable data interchange of critical localization-related assets


  • Optimize the service time between systems through consistent interpretation and adoption of localization data interchange standards
    • Mature existing standards and data references by gathering requirements for extensions of localization interoperability standards
  • Reduce cost through best practice guidelines by providing open reference implementation of the extensions and profiles
    • Establish reference implementations or extensions to improve the usefulness of localization interoperability standards

Relationship to owners of Industry standards

  • Existing standards will not be changed; the goal is to extend them if needed.
  • The TC will engage with standard organizations as needed to influence existing/future standards.
  • The TC will contribute to existing standards through an open platform.

All TC activities are guided by the Unicode Consortium procedures.

Uwe Stahlschmidt,
Aug 2, 2011, 2:46 PM