Smartling allows you to impose a character limit on a string’s translation. Setting a character limit prevents Translation Resources from saving a longer translation.
You can set character limits from the List View or from the Translation Interface
From the List View:
1) Mouseover the string you want to limit and click the T icon.
Select any number of strings from the list view and, from the Actions menu, click Set Maximum Length.
2) Enter a character limit and click Submit
From the Translation Interface:
1) In the Code tab, click Set Limit.
2) Enter a character limit for the string and click Submit.
Note: Character limits apply across all locales.