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Mailing list for the development of all aspects of internationalization and multilingualism on the World-Wide Web.
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The mailing list was first started in 1995 by Tomas Carrasco Benitez, under the name Winter@dorado.crpht.lu (Web Internationalization & multilingualism). In October 1995, The Web Consortium (W3C) started a new activity area for internationalization (`i18n') of the Web, coordinated by Bert Bos. At the Web Conference of Paris in May 1996, a workshop was held, one of the conclusions of which was that for increased visibility of the mailing list and to align the i18n area with other W3C activities, it would be better to move the list to W3C. That would also allow it to be archived, and, in due course, indexed. That move was executed on June 1st.
The goal of the list is to discuss the development of internationalization, localization and multilingualism in all aspects of the Web, including its protocols (such as HTTP), its data formats (such as HTML, CSS) and its software (such as browsers).
The list is not meant for questions of the type `how do I...' (`How do I type an e with umlaut in Word 6?')
The list is meant for proposals, clarifications and critique that can further the internationalization of the Web. The list is one of the main channels for the W3C for discussing and learning the issues, since not everybody can attend the W3C meetings, which, in any cae, are only held a few times a year.
The list should reunite all people interested in i18n, l10n and multilingualism on the Web. In many cases, these people will also take part in one or more other Web areas, represented by other W3C mailing lists. It is the task of such people to alert www-international to discussions in those other areas and vice-versa.