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Video published: Linguistic Linked Data and the LIDER project explained

This video explains what Linguistic Linked Data is and summarizes the outcomes of the LIDER project. This includes best practices for working with Linguist Linked Data, a reference architecture and a roadmap for future activities around Linguistic Linked Data. The video has been produced by the LIDER project and has been published during the European Data Forum 2015 event.

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New First Public Working Draft: Internationalization Best Practices for Spec Developers

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Internationalization Best Practices for Spec Developers.

This document provides a checklist of internationalization-related considerations when developing a specification. Most checklist items point to detailed supporting information in other documents. Where such information does not yet exist, it can be given a temporary home in this document. The dynamic page Internationalization Techniques: Developing specifications is automatically generated from this document.

The current version is still a very early draft, and it is expected that the information will change regularly as new content is added and existing content is modified in the light of experience and discussion.

Updated Candidate Recommendation: Encoding

The Encoding Candidate Recommendation has been updated to take into account changes made to the editor’s draft since its initial publication as a Candidate Recommendation. These changes are largely due to issues discovered during implementation. This is a snapshot of the WHATWG document, as of 29 September 2015 and no changes have been made from the original in the body of the document other than to align with W3C house styles.

If you wish to make comments regarding this document, please raise them as github issues against the latest editor’s draft. Only send comments by email to if you are unable to raise issues on github. All comments are welcome.

The utf-8 encoding is the most appropriate encoding for interchange of Unicode, the universal coded character set. Therefore for new protocols and formats, as well as existing formats deployed in new contexts, this specification requires (and defines) the utf-8 encoding.

The other (legacy) encodings have been defined to some extent in the past. However, user agents have not always implemented them in the same way, have not always used the same labels, and often differ in dealing with undefined and former proprietary areas of encodings. This specification addresses those gaps so that new user agents do not have to reverse engineer encoding implementations and existing user agents can converge.


Proposed Update UTR #50, Unicode Vertical Text Layout

A Proposed Update of UTR #50 is now available for public review and comment. The UTR is being reissued with a set of data updated to the character repertoire of Unicode Version 8.0. In this revision, four characters are added to the arrows tailoring set. For details on the proposed changes in the data, please refer to the Modifications section in the UTR.

For information about how to discuss this Public Review Issue and how to supply formal feedback, please see the PRI #309 page.

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Best Practices for working with Multilingual Linked Data

The BPMLOD community group has published three best practices for working with Multilingual Linked Data. The best practices are around bilingual dictionariesmultilingual dictionaries and multilingual terminologies. The BPMLOD group will continue to work on further best practices related to other types of language resources.


W3C Workshop Report on the MultilingualWeb workshop in Riga

A report summarizing the MultilingualWeb workshop in Riga is now available from the MultilingualWeb site. It contains a summary of each session with links to presentation slides and minutes taken during the workshop in Riga. The workshop was a huge success. With the parallel Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) event, it had more than 200 registered participants. See a summary of highlights, and a dedicated report about outreach activities of the supporting EU funded LIDER project. The Workshop was locally organized by Tilde, sponsored by the LIDER project and by Verisign. Learn more about the Internationalization Activity.

First Public Working Draft: Requirements for Chinese Text Layout 中文排版需求

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Requirements for Chinese Text Layout (中文排版需求), on behalf of the Chinese Layout Task Force, part of the Internationalization Interest Group.

The document describes requirements for Chinese script layout and text support on the Web and in digital publications. These requirements inform developers of Web technologies such as CSS, HTML, and SVG, and inform browser and tool implementers, about how to support the needs of users in Chinese-speaking communities.

This is still a very early draft and the group is looking for comments and contributions to support the ongoing development of the document.


Updated Working Draft: Requirements for Hangul Text Layout and Typography

Changes in this publication of Requirements for Hangul Text Layout and Typography (한국어 텍스트 레이아웃 및 타이포그래피를 위한 요구사항) are editorial in nature, but significant. The separate English and Korean versions of the document were merged into one page. (You can use buttons at the top right of the page to view the document in one language or the other, if you prefer.)

Merging the languages helps significantly for development and maintenance of the document, for guiding users to a language version they prefer, and for bilingual readers offers additional opportunities.

In addition, the links to issues in the document were changed to point to the github issues list, rather than the former Tracker list.

There were no substantive changes to the English (authoritative) version, but the Korean version was brought into line with earlier changes to the English text.


Updated Working Draft: Indic Layout Requirements

Indic Layout Requirements describes the basic requirements for Indic script layout and text support on the Web and in Digital Publications. These requirements provide information for Web technologies such as CSS, HTML, and SVG about how to support users of Indic scripts. The current document focuses on Devanagari, but there are plans to widen the scope to encompass additional Indian scripts as time goes on.

Changes in the new version relate to initial letter styling in Devanagari text. Editorial changes were also made to bring the document in line with recent changes to the Internationalization Activity publishing process.


Updated Working Draft: Character Model for the World Wide Web: String Matching and Searching

Character Model for the World Wide Web: String Matching and Searching builds upon Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0: Fundamentals to provide authors of specifications, software developers, and content developers a common reference on string identity matching on the World Wide Web and thereby increase interoperability.

This new version introduces numerous editorial changes as well as replacing some temporary terminology with better terms, and integrating the case folding text from the string matching algorithm into the case folding section. The document template was also adapated to match the new Internationalization publication process. See details of changes.

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