Internationalization (i18n) Activity

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i18n WG

i18n Interest Group

i18n Tag Set (ITS) IG

Arabic Layout Task Force

Chinese Layout Task Force

Ethiopic Layout Task Force

Indic Layout Task Force

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The W3C Internationalization (I18n) Activity works with W3C working groups and liaises with other organizations to make it possible to use Web technologies with different languages, scripts, and cultures. From this page you can find articles and other resources about Web internationalization, and information about the groups that make up the Activity.

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Updated article: Setting language preferences in a browser

In addition to generally updating the information, the following changes were made:

  • rearranged most of the material and rewrote the majority to make it more readable
  • updated information about desktop browser settings
  • limited that section to just a representative sample of major browsers
  • removed ‘Finding and choosing custom tags’, since no longer relevant
  • added information about mobile devices

See the updated article.

See the github commit diffs.

Categories: Update, w3cWebDesign

Updated article: What is ruby?

The article was completely rewritten in order to bring it up to date and to provide additional information about ruby, especially the various ruby types identified in the Japanese Layout Requirements document. A quick answer was added and the images were redrawn.

See the updated article.

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Categories: Update, w3cWebDesign

Updated article: Bidi space loss

The following changes were made:

  • intended audience corrected
  • examples changed
  • heading structure changed
  • some reordering of sections
  • updated text from CSS spec (from Text module now)
  • further reading updated
  • general editorial improvements to remaining text

See the updated article.

See the github commit diffs.

Categories: Update, w3cWebDesign

Updated article: Who uses Unicode?

This article was completely rewritten to bring it up to date and to reflect the widespread adoption of Unicode on the Web and elsewhere.

Translators should note that links to the following translations have been removed: German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian. If you want to update a translation or provide a new translation, please contact us for the new source text.

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.

Updated article: Using character escapes in markup and CSS

The article was updated to using HTML5 markup, and to use HTML5 terminology for character references. Various links and parts of the content were also updated.

German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian translators are invited to update their translations.

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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.


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