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XLIFF (XML Localization Interchange File Format) is an XML-based format for easy interchange of content for localization/translation. This means it can be used by most translation tools on the market (Translation Management Systems like TRADOS, Phrase, Smartling, Crowdin, etc).
A CCMS (like Paligo) makes translation management easier by managing the content in the CCMS and exporting to the open standard XLIFF, which makes it less relevant which translation tool the user may be using.