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TBX::Min - Read, write and edit TBX-Min files


version 0.06


use TBX::Min;
my $min = TBX::Min->new('/path/to/file.tbx');
my $entries = $min->entries;
my $termEntry = TBX::Min::TermEntry->new({id => 'B001'});


This module allows you to read, write and edit the contents of TBX-Min data.

useing this module also automatically uses TBX::Min::TermEntry, TBX::Min::LangSet, and TBX::Min::TIG via Import::Into. LangSets contain TIGs(Term Information Groups), TermEntries contain LangSets, and this class contains TermEntries. These correspond to the three levels of information found in TML. You can build up TBX::Min documents this way and then print them via "as_xml". You can also read an entire TBX-Min XML document for editing via "new_from_xml".


TBX-Min is a minimal, DCT-style dialect of TBX. It's purpose is to represent extremely simple termbases, such as spreadsheets, and to be as human eye-friendly as possible. TBX-Min did not evolve from any other XML dialect, and so does not have historical artifacts such as "martif".

DCT stands for "Data Category as Tag Name". Whereas in most TBX dialects categories such as partOfSpeech are indicated through attributes, in TBX-Min the tag names represent categories. This makes for a very readable document. While TBX-Min documents do conform to TML (Terminological Markup Language) structure, DCT documents cannot be checked by the TBX-Checker.

If you need more complex or information-rich termbases, we suggest you use TBX-Basic or even TBX-Default. If you have a TBX-Min document and would like to upgrade it to TBX-Basic, see Convert::TBX::Min. Alternatively if you would like to change your TBX-Basic to TBX-Min, see Convert::TBX::Basic.



Creates a new instance of TBX::Min. The single argument should be either a string pointer containing the TBX-Min XML data or the name of the file containing this data is required.


Creates a new TBX::Min instance. Optionally you may pass in a hash reference which is used to initialize the object. The allowed hash fields are id, description, date_created, creator, license, directionality, source_lang and target_lang, which correspond to methods of the same name, and entries, which should be an array reference containing TBX::Min::TermEntry objects. This method croaks if date_created is not in ISO 8601 format.


Get or set the document id. This should be a unique string identifying this glossary.


Get or set the document description.


Get or set the the date that the document was created. This should be a string in ISO 8601 format. This method croaks if date_created is not in ISO 8601 format.


Get or set the name of the document creator.


Get or set the document license string.


Get or set the document directionality string. This string represents the direction of translation this document is designed for.


Get or set the code representing the document source language. This should be ISO 639 and 3166 (e.g. en-US, de, etc.).


Get or set the code representing the document target language. This should be ISO 639 and 3166 (e.g. en-US, de, etc.).


Returns an array ref containing the TBX::Min::TermEntry objects contained in the document.The array ref is the same one used to store the objects internally, so additions or removals from the array will be reflected in future calls to this method.


Adds the input TBX::Min::TermEntry object to the list of language groups contained by this object.


Returns a scalar reference containing an XML representation of this TBX-Min document. The data is a UTF-8 encoded string.


TBX::Min does not as of yet fully validate TBX-Min documents. It is possible to create non-validating XML via the as_xml method. This should be fixed in the future.


The following related modules:

Schema for valiating TBX-Min files are available on GitHub.


Nathan Glenn


This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Alan Melby.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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