Translators are elements of the Internet Graphics Service (IGS) architecture located between themultiplexer and the portwatchers.
Translators convert data from its source format to a target format (for example, RFC to XML). This syntactic conversion process can be carried out on data coming in both directions.
Data is checked to ascertain whether it has to be translated before being sent to a portwatcher.
After conversion the data packet is placed in a typed queue. The next portwatcher for this type that is free takes the packet from the queue.