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New Working Group Note: Requirements for Japanese Text Layout (日本語組版処理の要件)

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This document describes requirements for Japanese layout realized with technologies like CSS, SVG and XSL-FO. For non-Japanese speakers it provides access for the first time to a wealth of detailed and authoritative information about Japanese typesetting. The document is mainly based on a standard for Japanese layout, JIS X 4051 and its authors include key contributors to that standard. However, it also addresses areas which are not covered by JIS X 4051.

The document was created by the Japanese Layout Task Force (with participation from four W3C Working Groups, CSS, Internationalization Core, SVG and XSL)

A Japanese version is also available.

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New tutorial: Creating SVG Tiny Pages in Arabic, Hebrew and other Right-to-Left Scripts

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Right-to-left scripts include Arabic, Hebrew, Thaana and N’ko, and are used by a large number of people around the world. If you are new to dealing with bidirectional text, getting it to display correctly can sometimes appear complex and confusing, but it need not be so. If you have struggled with this or have yet to start, this tutorial should help you adopt the best approach to marking up your content. It also explains enough of how the bidirectional algorithm works for you to understand much better the root causes of most problems, and it addresses some common misconceptions about ways to deal with markup for bidirectional content

After reading this tutorial you should:

  • create effective SVG Tiny 1.2 content containing text written in the Arabic or Hebrew (or other right-to-left) scripts
  • understand the basics of how the Unicode bidirectional algorithm works, so that you can understand why bidirectional text behaves the way it does, and how to work around problems
  • take decisions about the appropriateness of alternatives to markup

New tests: Web fonts

Tests: .TTF font linking test, .EOT fonts test
Results: TTF font linking test, .EOT fonts test

These tests explore how and if a user agent supports download of font information over the Web, particularly for complex script support. Fonts are downloaded both as directly as OpenType fonts, and using an EOT wrapper. Both methods tested use the CSS @font-face mechanism.

New tests & results: CSS encoding detection

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These tests examine whether user agents follow the rules in CSS 2.1 about detecting the encoding of CSS style sheets. This is particularly important if you style sheet uses non-ASCII characters in such things as class names, content, or font names.

New article: Migrating to Unicode

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Article: This article provides guidelines for the migration of software and data to Unicode. It covers planning the migration, and design and implementation of Unicode-enabled software. A basic understanding of Unicode and the principles of character encoding is assumed.

By Norbert Lindenberg & Addison Phillips, Yahoo.

New Working Group Note: Best Practices for XML Internationalization

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The Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Working Group has published the Working Group Note Best Practices for XML Internationalization. This document provides a set of guidelines for developing XML documents and schemas that are internationalized properly. Following the best practices describes here allow both the developer of XML applications, as well as the author of XML content to create material in different languages.

Editors: Yves Savourel, Jirka Kosek, Richard Ishida.

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New article: Character encodings for beginners

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FAQ-based article: What is a character encoding, and why should I care?

This article is aimed at content authors, users, and anyone who is unsure about what a character encoding is, and wants a brief summary of how it affects them.

By Richard Ishida, W3C.

New article: Tagging text with no language

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FAQ-based article: How do I use language markup in HTML or XML content when I don’t know the language, or the content is non-linguistic?

By Richard Ishida, W3C.

New test results: Ruby markup served as text/html

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A set of initial results has been published for the tests that check whether and how a user agent displays ruby markup in XHTML 1.0 that is served as text/html.

New article: Background images that support localization

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FAQ-based article: How can I ensure that when text expands in translation the background images will still work?

By Richard Ishida, W3C.


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