Position Statement for W3C I18N Workshop

Martin J. Dürst, W3C/Keio University

This position statement is divided into three parts: My expectations as a chair, my expectations as the W3C Internationalization Activity Lead, Staff Contact for both the WG and the IG, and Interest Group Chair, and my technical interests. A last section gives a very short overview over my personal background.

Workshop Chair

As a workshop chair, I hope I can contribute to a successful workshop. This includes preparing the program together with the other members of the program committee, and making sure the workshop runs smoothly.

This is my first priority.

Activity Lead

As an Activity Lead, my main interests are to find more people who are willing and able to contribute to the internationalization (i18n) of the Web and the work of W3C and the Internationalization Activity.

Together with other participants from the W3C team, I will also try to help make sure that we concentrate on the Web and W3C aspects of i18n, and make sure the ideas we have can fit together with the rest of W3C technology and meet the needs of the Web (e.g. scalability, no private assumptions).

Technical Interest

Personal Background

I have joined W3C in Dec. 1997 to work on Internationalization for W3C at Keio University (as a Project Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Media and Governance). He has since contributed to a wide number of W3C specifications and related work.

Before that, I have done internationalization research in the context of the IETF (RFC 2070) and for the object-oriented application framework ET++. As a senior research associate, I was at the University of Zurich from 1990 to 1997. I received a PhD from the University of Tokyo, where I stayed from 1987 to 1990, and masters degree from the University of Zurich in computer science, business administration, and Japanese studies.