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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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February 28, 2014

For review: Update to Declaring character encodings in HTML

An updated version of Declaring character encodings in HTML is out for wide review. We are looking for comments before 7 March. After the review period is over, this content will be copied to the same location as the current version of the document and the URL of the updated version will cease to exist.

The update brings the article in line with recent developments in HTML5, and de-emphasizes information about legacy formats.

An attempt was also made to organize the material so that readers can find information more quickly, and also de-clutters the essential information by moving edge topics, such as UTF-16 and charset links, down the page. This led to the article being almost completely rewritten.

Please send comments to www-international@w3.org.

February 24, 2014

Alolita Sharma (Wikipedia) to deliver keynote at 7th Multilingual Web Workshop (May 7–8, 2014, Madrid)

We are please to announce that Alolita Sharma, Director of Engineering for Internationalization and Localization at Wikipedia, will deliver the keynote at the 7th Multilingual Web Workshop, “New Horizons for the Multilingual Web,” in Madrid, Spain (7–8 May 2014).

With over 30 million articles in 286 languages as of January 1, 2014, Wikipedia has now become one of the largest providers of multilingual content in the world. Because of its user-generated and constantly changing content, many traditional processes for managing multilingual content on the web either do not work or do not scale well for Wikipedia. Alolita Sharma’s keynote will highlight Wikipedia’s diversity in multilingual user-generated content and the language technologies that Wikipedia has had to develop to support its unprecedented growth of content. She will also discuss the many challenges Wikipedia faces in providing language support for the mobile web.

The Multilingual Web Workshop series brings together participants interested in the best practices, new technologies, and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others address the new opportunities and challenges of the multilingual Web. It will provide for networking across communities and building connections.

Registration for the Workshop is free, and early registration is recommended since space at the Workshop is limited.

There is still opportunity for individuals to submit proposals to speak at the workshop. Ideal proposals will highlight emerging challenges or novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience. The deadline for speaker proposals is March 14, but early submission is strongly encouraged. See the Call for Participation for more details.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project, which will organize a roadmapping workshop on linked data and content analytics as one of the tracks at Multilingual Web Workshop.

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February 10, 2014

MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group closed, ITS community continues in ITS IG

The MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group has been closed, since it successfully completed the work in its charter.

We thank the co-chairs, the editors, implementers and the Working Group for achieving the goal to publish Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 as a W3C Recommendation, and for doing so ahead of the original schedule.

Work on enlarging the community around ITS, gathering feedback and requirements for future work will now continue in the ITS Interest Group.

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February 7, 2014

Updated article: Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML

Inline markup and bidirectional text in HTML is a major update of the article formerly titled What You Need to Know About the Bidi Algorithm and Inline Markup, and reflects the recent changes in bidi markup in the HTML5 specification.

Technically speaking, the main change is that the dir attribute now isolates text by default with respect to the bidi algorithm. Isolation as a default is the recommendation of the Unicode Standard as of version 6.3.

For the less technical-minded, the main advantage of this change is a much simpler transition for both content authors and browser developers who want reap the benefits of isolation. At the same time, these approaches have good results for existing legacy content.

February 3, 2014

New translations into German

These articles were translated into German thanks to Gunnar Bittersmann.

Call for position statements: Linked Data for Language Technology #LiderEU

The LD4LT (Linked Data for Language Technology) Workshop will be held on 21 March, in Athens, Greece, aligned with the European Data Forum 2014. See the agenda.

The workshop is a free community event – there is no admission fee for participants, but registration is required.

You are encouraged to provide a title for a position statement in your registration form. This is a simple, short statement that summarizes your ideas / technologies / use cases related to Linked Data and Language Technology.

The meeting is supported by the LIDER project, the MultilingualWeb community, the NLP2RDF project, the Working Group for Open Data in Linguistics as well as the DBpedia Project.

As input to the discussion and the work of the LD4LT group, you may also want to fill in the first LIDER survey.

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January 31, 2014

First public working draft of Encoding published

The Internationalization Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Encoding.

While encodings have been defined to some extent, implementations 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 attempts to fill those gaps so that new implementations do not have to reverse engineer encoding implementations of the market leaders and existing implementations can converge.

This is a snapshot of the Encoding Living Standard, as of the date shown on the title page. No changes have been made in the body of the W3C draft other than to align with W3C house styles. The primary reason that W3C is publishing this document is so that HTML5 and other specifications may normatively refer to a stable W3C Recommendation.

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January 30, 2014

Register now for the 7th W3C MultilingualWeb Workshop, Madrid, 7-8 May

Register early to ensure you get a place. Anyone may attend all sessions at no charge and the W3C welcomes participation by both speakers and non-speaking attendees.

Since 2010 the W3C’s Multilingual Web Workshop series has become the preeminent venue for discussion of the standards and technologies that define and enable multilingualism on the Web. The 7th Workshop, “New Horizons for the Multilingual Web,” will be held 7–8 May 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

The workshop brings together participants interested in the best practices, new technologies, and standards needed to help content creators, localizers, language tools developers, and others address the new opportunities and challenges of the multilingual Web. It will provide for networking across communities and building connections.

We are particularly interested in speakers who are facing emerging challenges or who can demonstrate novel solutions for reaching out to a global, multilingual audience. The deadline for speaker proposals is March 14, but early submission is strongly encouraged.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the LIDER project, which will organize a roadmapping workshop on linked data and content analytics as one of the tracks at Multilingual Web Workshop.

See the Call for Participation and register online.

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January 24, 2014

Building bridges: Tutorial, Linked Data for Language Technologies at LREC 2014 Conference #LiderEU

Under the umbrella of the Lider project and the MutilingualWeb community, the tutorial on Linked Data for Language Technologies aims at building bridges between two communities. Experts in language resources and applications will learn how to work with technical building blocks of linked data (RDF, SPARQL, …); how to build linked data lexicon representations using the LEMON model; and how to integrate natural language processing workflows using the RDF NIF format. The tutorial is part of the LREC 2014 conference. The presenters are key participants in the LIDER projects and in W3C community groups like OntoLex, Best Practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data, and Linked Data for Language Technology.

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January 21, 2014

ITS 2.0 for everybody – the ITS 2.0 promotion video is now online

Several participants of the ITS Interest Group have created a video to promote ITS 2.0. The video explains usage scenarios for ITS 2.0 and also explains benefits in easy terms for a non-technical audience. It will be the main video of the ITS 2.0 video channel. In the next weeks further videos will be added, to showcase ITS 2.0 implementations in various usage scenarios.

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