What's new in WorldServer 11

By Saurabh Gangwar

Local Language Content is growing in demand day by day and it is one of the primary focus areas of Marketers today. Various surveys show, how the local language content helped companies to get more customers and contributed to the growth of the business eventually. One shouldn’t be surprised why Translation Management System is a really important tool of CXM strategy of an Enterprise today.

SDL WorldServer

SDL WorldServer is the leading translation management system in the industry. Over one hundred of the top global companies depend on SDL WorldServer to optimize their translation programs.
WorldServer is an advanced tool that enables you to transform manual, disparate translation processes into a centralized, fully administered program. With WorldServer, you can adopt a flexible enterprise-class translation management system that automates translation tasks and greatly reduces the costs of supporting large volumes of local language content.
Core to SDL WorldServer is a workflow based process automation engine that drives all translation project activities. You can easily configure the workflow so that, for example, the process for translating marketing material is different from that for translating very technical documentation.

New features & benefits in Version 11

Recently in November 2017, the latest version 11.3 of the SDL WorldServer is released. Other than supporting technology upgrades, below are the key new features introduced in the version 11, adding value over V10.4:

UI enhancements

The new version has significant rewrite of the User Interface layer to provide modern & efficient User Experience for all users.
Below are the main features of the new UI:

  • New UI paradigm aligned with SDL’s Convergence strategy.
  • Initial Focus on Project Management UX and Efficiency.
  • Platform for delivering usability improvements.
  • Modern, supportable UI components.
  • New REST-based API is used under the hood.

Performance & Scalability

System Improvements for Scalability & Agility

  • Database Transactions optimizations to eliminate deadlocks and enhance efficiency and scalability. The version Supports SQL Server 2016 as well.
  • Monitoring & Troubleshooting by the new diagnostic tools to identify and address deadlocking database transactions.
  • Automated Task Handling by sequencing and distributing automated tasks to prevent time consuming tasks from slowing down the system as a whole.
  • Translatable Content Handling is improved by
    • Updated file filters for MS Office file types.
    • New server-friendly file types for RTF and Excel.

Cloud Improvements

  • Value add Security packages like encryption, IDS/IPS, compliance, vulnerability scanning, etc.
  • Next Generation Database Platform with increased availability, scalability, manageability and security.
  • Further automation of deployment/upgrades and other maintenance tasks.
  • Modernization of Cloud Delivery Platforms including new hosting providers, new data centres, more modern services and infrastructure.


A rich REST API is available now to interact with the WorldServer. The SDL WorldServer 11 API is based on modern standards (REST & JSON) and has been designed to be:

  • Highly secure: the entire WorldServer 11 UI is built on top of the new, radically improved API.
  • Standardized and easy to use: it uses the standard HTTP Verbs (POST/PUT/GET/DELETE)
  • More easily integrated.
  • Highly functional, with:
    • Batching — do more with less
    • Filtering & Search — find the right data
    • Partial record retrieval — retrieve only the fields you need, avoiding over-verbosity.
  • Documented on the server, by visiting //docs/ws-api-doc-v1.html (for example, http://://docs/ws-api-doc-v1.html).

SDL Language Cloud integration

Starting with this release, machine translation in WorldServer can also be performed by SDL Language Cloud, via the new Language Cloud machine translation (MT) adapter. Once the adapter is configured, the translation can be done automatically in Worldserver using SDL Language cloud.
The process of setting the adapter is quite straight forward as demonstrated here.

Applet replacement

Because browsers are reducing or eliminating support for the Java Plug-in, it is wise to consider migrating existing Java applets to something like Java Web Start, which uses the Java Network Launching Protocol (JNLP) to download and run an application locally.

From the release 11.1, SDL have started the procedure of migrating the WorldServer features that use Java applets to JNLP. As a result, user can now access the Explorer page from all supported browsers. User can modify the use of Java applet or JNLP by configuring the parameter applet.display.option=, in general.properties. SDL recommend using the browser option, which will make the browser choose whether the Java applet or JNLP is used to open the Explorer page.

Next Gen Online Editor

Online editor is one of the most important feature introduced in the V11. It is an Add-On Components to the GUI and can be configured to be used in workflows by Translators and/or Reviewers.
With this, Translators and Reviewers can perform many tasks including translation & review from anywhere online in browser without having to install Studio. Though Trados Studio and WS Browser Workbench remain alternate options.