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About the Working Group

The Internationalization (I18N) Working Group is part of the W3C Internationalization Activity.

Aims: Provide internationalization advice to other groups developing Web standards, and review their specifications (mostly W3C groups, but we also get involved in Unicode, IDN, IETF and other work).

Develop education and outreach materials to make the internationalization aspects of W3C technology better understood and more widely and consistently used by content authors and implementers.

For more details, see the Working Group Charter.

Mailing Lists

The working group uses all of these mailing lists.

There is also a member-only list [ArchiveMO] which is used for group administravia and any member-confidential topics.



The working group holds a weekly teleconference to discuss work items for about one hour.

Day: Thursday
Time: 14.00 UTC/GMT (Convert to your timezone)

Agenda: is sent to the member-i18n-core list (archiveMO) . To request an agenda item, send an email to the member list with "agenda+" at the start of the subject.

Phone: +1-617-761-6200, conference code 4186# (Zakim teleconference bridge)

You can also use Zakim-SIP to dial in via VoiP.

IRC: connect an IRC client via the W3C IRC server (irc.w3.org:6665, channel #i18n).

To use IRC via the Web, go to http://www.w3.org/2001/01/cgi-irc (invent a nickname, use #i18n channel)


Since May 2012, see the www-international archive, and search for 'minutes' in the subject.

Apr 2011 - May 2012, see the public-i18n-core mail archive.

Aug 2008 - Apr 2011, see the Agenda builder wiki page.

Before Aug 2008, see the public-i18n-core mail archive.

For earlier minutes, see this archiveMO.

Zakim IRC bot: http://www.w3.org/2001/12/zakim-irc-bot.html

Face-to-face meetings

  • Next meeting: Sapporo, Japan (TPAC), October 2015

Past FTF meetings:

  • Santa Clara, California (TPAC), October 2014
  • Lyon, France (TPAC), 29/30 October 2012
  • 31 October - 1 November, Santa Clara, USA
    Held during the W3C TPAC.
  • 1-2 November 2010, Lyon, France
    Held during the W3C TPAC.
  • 2-3 November 2009, Santa Clara, USA
    Held during the W3C TPAC.
  • 20-21 October 2008, Cannes, France
    Held during the W3C TPAC.
  • 9-10 November 2007, Boston, USA
    Held during the W3C TPAC.
  • 2-3 March 2006, Cannes, France.
    Held during the W3C Technical Plenary. [MinutesMO]
  • 28 February-1 March 2005, Boston, USA
    Held during the W3C Technical Plenary. [Minutes]
  • 4-5 March 2004, Cannes, France.
    Held during the W3C Technical Plenary. [Minutes]
  • 3-4 March 2003, Boston, Massachussetts, USA.
    Held during the W3C Technical Plenary. [Minutes]
  • 22-23 November 2002, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.[Minutes]

Useful Links

Work in Progress

Review and discussion

The group formally reviews W3C and some other specifications and sends comments. They also work informally with other W3C groups to address internationalization issues.

You can see what reviews are coming up, and link to comments from previous reviews using the review radar.

Outreach and support

The pipeline lists the specifications, articles and other documents that are currently in development.

Here are some other useful links:

Rec track specifications

During the current charter the Working Group will publish a version of the WhatWG specification to support the HTML and CSS specifications, which require stable references.

May 2014 Aug 2014 Nov 2014 Dec 2014

For other Notes and Recommendations produced by the group, see the list of

Miscellaneous documents

The internationalization wiki is used for collaborative development of i18n articles and for gathering information about feature requirements.

Miscellaneous working documents:

How to participate

The Working Group (WG) is always looking for additional participants, to work on a very varied range of topics and interests. The group needs a variety of people with different skills, from technical authoring to specialised knowledge of particular technologies.

See a list of participation benefits for you and your organization.

See some examples of what WG members do within the group.

Working group members are responsible for the development of the group's deliverables, so some minimum commitment is preferred, but we are flexible about this.

We would expect you to keep up to date with the discussions on the public-i18n-core and www-international lists and respond in a timely manner when required.

We would like you to participate in weekly teleconferences and in face to face meetings as scheduled or send regrets to list.

We would like you participate in reviews and discussions of documents or specifications where you have an interest or expertise.

Participants in the working group are expected to observe the requirements of the W3C Process for Working Groups.

If you are unable to make the required commitment to join the working group, you can still contribute in a number of ways. You can also simply follow the work by accessing the Internationalization Web site, the public mailing lists and archives, and all public documents.

You are also encouraged to join the Internationalization Interest Group.

Current WG participantsMO

What WG members do

Working Group members contribute in one or more of the following ways.

Chair: Addison Phillips (addison at amazon dot com)
Staff contact: Richard Ishida (ishida at w3 dot org)
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