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Misson of the Indic Layout Task Force

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

It aims to document Indic requirements for technologies such as CSS, SVG, XSL-FO, Unicode and the Mobile Web.

The documents will be mainly based on W3C standards affected by Indic Text layout and Unicode Algorithms for line breaking and segmentation e.g. - UAX# 14 and UAX#29.

This task force will gather and integrate feedback from the participating members about the need and technical feasibility of the requirements, focusing on specific use cases in India for Indian languages, and will report the results of its activities as a group back to the Internationalization Core Working Group, as well as to other relevant groups and to the W3C membership and community.

How to Join

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

For more information, contact Swaran Lata.


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.

Indic TF outputs

The Indic Task Force will not produce Recommendation-track deliverables but may produce Interest Group Notes. This section lists the documents currently being worked on and will link to editor's versions and formally published drafts.

Currently the group is focused on the following document:

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 also plans to provide translations of relevant W3C specifications and resources.

The group may choose to 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

Indic Text Layout Task Force face-to-face discussions take place in India, and email discussions take place on the public-i18n-indic@w3.org list. However, any Notes or other reports eventually contributed by a group back to the W3C will be made available in English. The task force plans to hold face-to-face meetings on an as-needed basis. These will be mostly in the South Asia area, but there may be the opportunity to participate remotely.

The work will be conducted in English. The task force will initially focus on the following languages: Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi , Bengali, 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. 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 'gap' document that points to features that are not supported by a particular technology, and prioritises requirements that need to be addressed.

For more detail, see the charter for the task force.


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

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