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The Indic Layout Task Force is part of the W3C Internationalization Interest Group.

The task force will document requirements for the layout and presentation of text in the major languages of India when those languages are used in Web-related technologies such as HTML and CSS pages or applications, the Mobile Web, Digital Publications, and Unicode.

This task force will report the results of its activities back to the Internationalization Core Working Group, as well as to other relevant groups and to the W3C membership and community at large.

Many of the topics to be addressed are listed in Improving text layout and typography on the Web and in eBooks

How to Join

We welcome participation requests from people who are interested in contributing to the work of the Task Force.

For information about to join the Task Force, review the charter and contact Mahesh Kulkarni or Swaran Lata.

To follow and contribute to discussions, join the Internationalization Interest Group by subscribing to the (publicly archived) public-i18n-indic@w3.org mailing list.


The chair of the task force is Swaran Lata. The chair of the Interest Group is Martin Dürst.

Minutes of meetings will be published on the public-i18n-indic mailing list.

The same list is used for all technical discussion related to the deliverables of the task force.

Work in progress

The Indic Task Force will not produce Recommendation-track deliverables but expects to produce Working Group Notes via the W3C Internationalization Working Group.

Currently the group is focused on the following document:

Where resources are available, the group also intends to review draft specifications produced by other related working groups and gather comments and questions, collect information about specific use cases in India, and report the results back to the Internationalization Working Group, and other relevant groups.

The group may also produce other non-normative deliverables, such as test cases and error reports, under the terms of the Policies for Contribution of Test Cases to W3C, and in coordination with any relevant working groups.

For more information, see the group charter.

Work methodology

Much of the technical work of the Indic Text Layout Task Force takes place on the public-i18n-indic@w3.org mailing list. Teleconferences and face-to-face discussions are mostly organised in India, but there will be the opportunity to participate remotely.

The work is conducted in English. The task force is initially focusing on Hindi. Later versions of the document will address Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Telugu. Additional languages will be included based on the availability of linguistic and typographic experts.

A key output of the task force will be an English document (a Working Group Note) describing requirements for Indic Layout, and published by the W3C Internationalization Working Group. The description will not be on a technology-specific level. It is assumed that W3C working groups will decide how (and if) to implement the requirements in their specifications, but the group may produce a separate 'gap' document that points to features that are not supported by a particular technology, and prioritises requirements that need to be addressed.

Any WG Notes or other reports will be made available in English.


Chair: Swaran Lata
Staff contact: Richard Ishida (ishida@w3.org)

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