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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)

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