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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.

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

For more details, see the Working Group Charter.


The Internationalization Working Group is part of W3C Internationalization Activity and information it develops can be found by starting from the

It uses Internationalization Interest Group mailing lists for technical discussions.

The chair of the Working Group is Addison Phillips (Amazon).

Electronic communication

Much of the technical discussion takes place in various github issues lists. If you want to raise an issue with a document, this is the place to raise it. See a list of open issues.

The working group uses all of these mailing lists.

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



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

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

Meeting agenda are published before each teleconference on the member-i18n-core mailing list. They include Webex links and telephone numbers, and also include information about how to connect to IRC, which is used during meetings to record minutes and also to share URIs, examples, and so forth. We also use it outside of meetings for quick contacts.

To request an agenda item, send an email to the member list with "agenda+" at the start of the subject.

Minutes and summaries of all teleconferences and face-to-face meetings can be found in the www-international mail archive.

Next face-to-face meeting

Useful Links

Work in Progress

You can find a list of current projects using the

Review and discussion

The group also 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

You can see a list of currently open comments using the

See also the section below entitled What does reviewing a spec involve?

Documents we create

You can find a list of Rec-track docs, Notes and drafts at

We use Github to develop our technical reports. You can find links to the github repositories in the project radar.

You can also see a list of open issues for all our github repos using the list of

You can find a list of articles and other documents that are currently in development using the

To access the educational material created by the Working Group, use the

Test suite

The Working Group develops test pages relating to support of international features on the Web, and summaries of test results.

The tests in the test suite are ported to the Web Platform and CSS test suites.

Miscellaneous documents

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

Other useful links:

News updates

News updates can be found on the Internationalization Activity home page. The news is sent to various RSS feeds, and also a Twitter channel, @webi18n.

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.

The Working Group has fingers in so many pies that it can be a little disorienting or confusing for new people at first. Your participation in the WG will be driven mostly by your interests, so please look for areas where you are interested in contributing and feel free to volunteer or champion an area that is particularly interesting to you.

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 participants

What WG members do

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

What does reviewing a spec involve?

Choose specs you have an interest in or that you think may widen your awareness, and don't worry about revisiting recently reviewed specs and raising new issues if you spot any. See the review radar for suggestions.

There is a page How to raise issues in the i18n Tracker that describes, step-by-step, how to raise issues as you review a spec.

We are currently developing a checklist to help you with suggestions of things to look for. It's by no means exhaustive, and it's still in development, so don't expect it to be perfect either. However, as you drill down in that page you reach a list of "Recommendations" which will give you ideas. If there is a 'more' link at the end of the recommendation, click on it to better understand the topic.

Historical information

Previous locations of minutes:

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.

Past FTF meetings

Old process documents

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