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Don’t forget to register for the W3C MultilingualWeb Workshop in Pisa

If you are planning to attend the W3C MultilingualWeb Workshop in Pisa, Italy on 4-5 April 2011 and you haven’t yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to secure a place. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The program is packed with interesting speakers and we are looking forward to another great workshop, with plenty of excellent networking opportunities.

If you have yet to book a hotel, don’t forget to check out the list of hotels with specially negotiated prices.

For more information see the Call for Participation.

The MultilingualWeb project, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the W3C, is looking at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the multilingual Web. The project will raise visibility of what’s available, identify gaps, and provide networking opportunities via a series of four events, over two years.

MultilingualWeb workshop, Pisa, speaker deadline approaching!

The program for the Pisa workshop is filling up. If you are still intending to submit a talk proposal, please do so as soon as possible in order to secure a place. We advise you not to wait until the March 1st deadline.

We have already accepted many interesting talks, and are looking forward to hearing speakers from organizations such as CNGL, CWI/W3C, DFKI, Facebook, FAO of the UN, Lionbridge, Microsoft, Opera, SAP, TAUS, Thompson Reuters, and many others.

See the Call for Participation for details about how to register for the workshop and propose a talk.

The MultilingualWeb project, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the W3C, is looking at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the multilingual Web. The project will raise visibility of what’s available and identify gaps via a series of four events, over two years.

The next workshop takes place in Pisa, Italy on 4-5 April 2011.

W3C India Office to host International Conference

The W3C India Office is organizing an International Conference “World Wide Web: Technology, Standards and Internationalization – 2010” in New Delhi on May 6-7, 2010.

The conference will focus on promoting and proliferating W3C Standards in India to enable seamless Web access in Indian languages. One of the major topics covered in the conference will be Internationalization, especially in light of the complexity of implementing Indian languages.

Core Technology Tracks in the Conference include:

  1. W3C and Web Technologies
  2. Internationalization Aspects in W3C
  3. Web Access through mobile and hand-held devices
  4. CSS and Styling issues
  5. Web Architecture and Semantic Web
  6. Human Machine Interface for the Web
  7. Web Content Accessibility in Indian Languages
  8. W3C and E-Governance

The Conference will also attempt to evolve a Roadmap for proliferation and specific requirements for Indian Languages in W3C and associated standards.

See the W3C India Website.

W3C Workshop on Conversational Applications

A call has gone out for a Workshop on Conversational Applications — Use Cases and Requirements for New Models of Human Language to Support Mobile Conversational Systems, 18-19 June 2010, Hosted by Openstream, NJ, US

Scope of the Workshop Submissions must describe (1) requirements and use cases for improving W3C standards for conversational interaction and (2) how the use cases justify one or more of these topics:

  • Formal notations for representing grammar in: Syntax, Morphology, Phonology, Prosodics
  • Engine standards for improvement in processing: Syntax, Morphology, Phonology, Lexicography
  • Lexicography standards for: parts-of-speech, grammatical features and polysemy
  • Formal semantic representation of human language including: verbal tense, aspect, valency, plurality, pronouns, adverbs, etc.
  • Efficient data structures for binary representation and passing of: parse trees, alternate lexical/morphologic analysis, alternate phonologic analysis
  • Other suggested areas or improvements for standards based conversational systems development

Experts in the following technology areas would be welcome.

  • computational linguistics
  • speech prosody
  • syntax
  • internationalization
  • mobile applications
  • MMI/voice technology

For more information see

Categories: Highlight, Upcoming

Under review: UAX#29 Unicode Text Segmentation

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The i18n Core Working Group has begun reviewing this specification and will send comments if it finds any issues. If you have comments on this specification related to internationalization topics, you can send them to the i18n Interest Group list.

Update: The Working Group has now sent a list of comments.

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Categories: Spec review, Upcoming

Call for Participation: Third Workshop on Internationalizing SSML

Link to Call for Participation

Position papers are due 15 December (extended deadline) for the Third Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) on 13-14 January 2007 in Hyderabad, India, jointly hosted by the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and Bhrigus Software. Attendees will discuss improvements for using SSML to render under-represented languages including Arabic, Hebrew and the Indian languages Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarthi and Urdu. Visit the Voice Browser home page.

Categories: Highlight, Upcoming

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