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First Public Working Draft published: Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 2.0

After discussing requirements at a dedicated workshop in June, the MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group has published a first public working draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS ) 2.0.

ITS 2.0 responds to needs that emerged since the creation of ITS 1.0 in 2007. First, ITS 2.0 focuses on HTML5. We can expect that huge amounts of Web content will be produced using HTML5 in the future, and ITS 2.0 will provide the means to properly internationalize and localize HTML5, using both human translation or language technologies like machine translation.

In addition, ITS 2.0 builds bridges to the Semantic Web area, by providing mechanisms to re-use ITS metadata (so-called “data categories”) with RDF.

Finally, ITS 2.0 defines new data categories that are demanded by the localization and language technology communities.

The development of this first draft of ITS 2.0 would not have been possible without the MultilingualWeb project: via MultilingualWeb, stakeholders of quite diverse communities have provided input to the initial metadata definitions. The W3C Internationalization Activity is now the place for these communities to move that metadata and its implementations forward.

We very much welcome feedback also from outside the Working Group – see issues discussed within the Working Group. Please send your comments to public-multilingualweb-lt-comments@w3.org. Use “ITS 2.0 WD Comment” at the beginning the subject line of your email, and add something descriptive after it. The archives for this list are publicly available.

Editors: Dave Lewis (TCD), Arle Lommel (DFKI), Felix Sasaki (DFKI/W3C Fellow), Jirka Kosek (UEP)

Luxembourg MultilingualWeb workshop report now available

A report summarizing the MultilingualWeb workshop in Luxembourg is now available from the MultilingualWeb site. Alongside the summaries are links to slides, video recordings, and the IRC log for each speaker and the discussion sessions.

Entitled “The Multilingual Web – The Way Ahead”, the workshop surveyed and shared information about currently available best practices and standards that can help content creators and localizers address the needs of the multilingual Web. Attendees also heard about gaps that need to be addressed, and enjoyed opportunities to network and share information between the various different communities involved in enabling the multilingual Web.

This workshop also included a half-day Open Space discussion session run by Jaap van der Meer of TAUS, where attendees split into breakout groups to discuss topics of their own choosing.

You can also find links to videos, slides, etc as well as links to social media related to the event on the program page of the workshop.

This is the final workshop in the series belonging to the first MultilingualWeb project. The MultilingualWeb-LT project, which follows on from the original project, is holding a workshop in Dublin on 11-13 June entitled The Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements and plans to hold additional workshops next year that will be similar in format to those run so far.

W3C Mobile Web course now available in Spanish

W3C is happy to announce that the “Mobile Web 1: Best Practices” online training course is now available in Spanish. The revised 6-week “Buenas Practicas en Web Móvil” course will start on 18 June 2012 and will be taught by Gicela Morales.

The course will help Web designers and content developers move from desktop PCs to mobile devices. The course is based on W3C standards.

For more information, see Buenas Practicas en Web Móvil.


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