The MultilingualWeb-LT (Language Technologies) Working Group is part of the W3C Internationalization Activity and the MultilingualWeb community.
Aims: define the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS
2.0), that is: meta-data for web content (mainly HTML5) and
content, for example a CMS or XML files from which HTML pages are generated, that
facilitates its interaction with multilingual technologies and localization
For more details, see the Working
The working group uses the public-multilingualweb-lt mailing list. [Archive] [Subscribe]
There is also a member-only list [ArchiveMO] which is used for group administravia and any member-confidential topics.
An last call working draft of ITS 2.0 has been published 6 December 2012. The Working Group believes that this draft is feature complete - provide feedback by 10 January!
A MultilingualWeb workshop (Rome 12-13 March 2012) will present ITS 2.0 implementations - register now!
The working group will produce ITS 2.0, the successor of ITS 1.0. ITS 2.0 will be a
W3C Recommendation about metadata for multilingual language technologies and
A basis of the working draft for ITS 2.0 are the requirements gathered for ITS 2.0. We welcome feedback on both the requirements document and the ITS 2.0 draft.
Please see the Working Group wiki for further details on work items, face-to-face and virtual meetings etc.
The following press releases have been published to announce the creation of the working group.
- W3C Launches Work to Simplify Creation of Content in World's Languages. W3C Press Release, 7 March 2012. The MultilingualWeb-LT Project under the lead of Linguaserve and VistaTEC has translated this press release into these languages:
- One Web, many Languages - W3C is starting Standardization process for easier translation of Web content in world's languages. Press release by DFKI (in German).
- Internet experts in Dublin to talk about multilingual web. Article in Silicon Republic, 14 June 2012.
We have gathered input at the March 2012 MultilingualWeb workshop in Luxembourg and at the June 2012 MultilingualWeb workshop in Dublin (see the workshop report).
Also, we conducted a dedicated questionnaire about international Web content requirements. We will use this questionnaire to gather initial input and expressions of interest in participation in our work.
We also welcome feedback on our public mailing list about
If you want to join the working group:
- People working for W3C member organisations should contact their Advisory Committee (AC) Representative to join the working group.
- If you are not working for a W3C member organisation or do not have contact to your AC, please contact the chairs.