SGML Documents

SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) is the "original ancestor" of all markup languages on whose basis other markup languages were developed. For example, HTML was derived from SGML.


Markup languages serve the description and structuring of text contents. Besides the actual text, ML documents contain additional information in the form of tags. These tags assign certain structural or form-related properties to the text elements, e.g. the property that a text element is a heading.

Before translation

As the tags in SGML documents can be defined freely, you should determine before the check-in how the SGML document is to be processed during check-in and subsequently displayed in crossDesk. You can configure the settings in the document settings templates under Tools > System Settings > Document Settings > Tagged SGML .

In particular, be sure to define inline tags prior to check-in in order to ensure correct display of the source document and thus also of the target document in crossDesk.

Translating SGML documents

When checking in an SGML document, Across separates the SGML tags from the text to be translated as far as possible. Thus, you can basically translate SGML documents in crossDesk in the same way as documents of other formats.

However, a special aspect of the translation of SGML documents involves the so-called inline tags. These are tags that occur within the text, e.g. icn_cDesk_xml_tag-inline.

When translating SGML documents, always be sure to insert the inline tags from the source text in the translation.