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Unicode Conference speaker submission deadline 4 April

For twenty-five years the Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC) has been the preeminent event highlighting the latest innovations and best practices of global and multilingual software providers. The 40th conference will be held this year on November 1-3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

The deadline for speaker submissions is Monday, 4 April, so don’t forget to send in an abstract if you want to speak at the conference.

The Program Committee will notify authors by Friday, May 13, 2016. Final presentation materials will be required from selected presenters by Friday, July 22, 2016.

Tutorial Presenters receive complimentary conference registration, and two nights lodging, while Session Presenters receive a fifty percent conference discount and two nights lodging.

New article: Guiding users to translated pages

This new article addresses the question: If my site contains alternative language versions of the same page, what can I do to help the user see the page in their preferred language?

This article is relevant for pages for which there are complete translations of the content. If your alternative pages have different content, or are regional variants rather than translations, you may need to do things differently.

Read the article.

The article is accompanied by a Swedish translation, thanks to Olle Olsson.

Updated articles on bidi topics

The following articles have been updated and reviewed by the Internationalization Working Group. If you have additional comments, please send them using the “Leave a comment” link at the bottom right of the page.

How to use Unicode controls for bidi text
see the changes on github

Unicode controls vs. markup for bidi support
see changes on github

CSS vs. markup for bidi support
see changes on github

Changes include the following:

* added a quick answer
* removed background sections now that we have other articles that deal with that information (pointed to those)
* clarified the distinction between structural/block markup and inline markup wrt control character usage in a new section
* expanded the section on inline issues to take into account HTML5-related developments
* introduced concept of isolation, including RLI/LRI/FSI/PDI
* removed out of date references and quotations
* introduced the concept of tightly-wrapping all opposite-direction phrases from the HTML article
* basically rewrote everything to make it cleaner, clearer and more snappy
* replaced outdated spec links and quotes
* added reference to polyglot
* pointed to the HTML5 rendering section rather than providing a CSS template (which was out of date) in the document

For review: What is Ruby?

A new article, What is Ruby? is out for wide review. We are looking for comments by 10 February.

This new article will replace an older page, simply called Ruby, with more complete and up to date information. Other articles in preparation will address how to use markup and styling in HTML and CSS.

Please send any comments as github issues by clicking on the link “Leave a comment” at the bottom of the article. (This will add some useful information to your comment.) You may find that some links in the article won’t work, because this is a copy of the article which will eventually be published on the W3C site. There is no need to report those.

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Putting Linguistic Linked Data Standards in Action: Webinar on the FREME Framework

FREME is a project that is developing a Framework for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. A key aspect of the framework is that it puts standards and best practices in the area of linguistic linked data and multilingual content processing in action. We will introduce the framework in a dedicated webinar on 22 February, 4 p.m. CET. If you are interested in participating please contact Nieves Sande and Felix Sasaki for further logistics.

Unicode Tutorial Workshop in Oman (Feb 14-16, 2016)

This tutorial workshop, sponsored by the Unicode Consortium and organized by the German University of Technology in Muscat, Oman, is a three-day event designed to familiarize the audience with the Unicode Standard and the concepts of internationalization. It is the first Unicode event to be held in the Middle East.

The workshop program includes an introduction to Writing Systems & Unicode, plus presentations on Arabic Typography, web best practices, mobile internationalization, and more.

The workshop website provides full information about the event. Early bird registration lasts until January 31, 2016, but register early to ensure a place.

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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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.

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2nd Call: Linguistic Linked Data for Digital Humanities and Linguistics: 7th LIDER roadmapping workshop in Madrid, 20th October 2015

In the last two years, the LIDER project has organized several roadmapping events to gather a broad community around the topic of linguistic linked data. On October 20th 2015 LIDER will engage with two selected communities: linguistics and experts in digital humanities, via a national roadmapping workshop that will take place in Spain. The 7th LIDER roadmapping workshop will focus on these topics and will be held in Madrid at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The participation will be free and open. Spanish will be the main language of the event. For more information also about participation please visit the workshop website http://lider-project.eu/workshopMadrid/

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Linguistic Linked Data for Digital Humanities and Linguistics: 7th LIDER roadmapping workshop in Madrid, October 2015

In the last two years, the LIDER project has organized several roadmapping events to gather a broad community around the topic of linguistic linked data. In October this year, LIDER will engage with two selected communities: linguistics and experts in digital humanities, via a national roadmapping workshop that will take place in Spain. The 7th LIDER roadmapping workshop will focus on these topics and will be held in Madrid at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The participation will be free and open. Spanish will be the main language of the event. For more information also about participation please visit the workshop website http://lider-project.eu/workshopMadrid/

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