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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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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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New Last Call Working Draft of ITS 2.0

The MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 2.0. ITS 2.0 makes it easier to integrate automated processing of human language into core Web technologies. ITS 2.0 focuses on HTML, XML-based formats in general, and can leverage processing based on the XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF), as well as the Natural Language Processing Interchange Format (NIF). Comments are welcome through 10 September.

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ITS 2.0 meets the machine translation community: Machine Translation Summit XIV

The pre-final Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 specification is already getting uptake in the machine translation community. At the Machine Translation Summit XIV (2-6 September, Nice), ITS 2.0 will be introduced in a presentation, a panel and as part of the META-NET booth. MT Summit is an annual event of the machine translation community, including keynote speeches by renowned experts in the field of Machine Translation, panel discussions and presentations of submitted and invited papers organized in two program tracks – research and commercial/user. Register now to learn about the presence and future of automatic multilingual content processing on the Web.

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ITS 2.0 and other technologies for the MultilingualWeb, META-FORUM 2013

The META-FORUM 2013 will provide an overview of the pre-final ITS 2.0 specification and other recent developments around automated processing of multilingual Web content. registration is free, but the number of participants is limited – get your seat soon! A call for active participation in META Exhibition and LT Industry Session (deadline 16. August) provides an opportunity to demonstrate other technologies around multilingual Web content.

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Updated Working Draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 published

ITS 2.0 responds to current and future needs to extend ITS 1.0 by providing metadata (ITS “data categories”) for HTML5 as well as XML, using ITS data categories for RDF, and adding new data categories relevant for localization and language technologies.

In addition to various clarifications and smaller changes from the second version released in July, this third version of the document adds additional data categories that are now ready for review: Disambiguation, Preserve Space, Id Value, Target Pointer, Preserve Space, Localization Quality Issue, and Localization Quality Précis. In addition it adds support for the use of CSS selectors as an alternative to XPath, updates the ruby markup section to match the HTML5 ruby model, and simplifies a number of sections for greater usability

Please take a look at the new version, and send any comments to public-multilingualweb-lt-comments@w3.org (subscribe at the archive main page). Use “ITS 2.0 WD Comment” at the beginning of the subject line of your email, and add something descriptive after it.

Send any comments before the beginning of October. We are planning to publish a new working draft in October, and a feature complete “last call” working draft in November.

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Speaking Proposals for FEISGILLT event open until August 14, don’t delay!

The deadline for submissions to speak at the FEISGILLT event has been extended to 14 August.

In various tracks, this event brings the communities involved in ITS 2.0 and XLIFF 2.0 closer together. Experts from the language services industry, from language technology, and from the Web community at large will discuss the role of these upcoming standards and help to shape their interplay. The ITS 2.0 track is supported by the W3C MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group and by the MultilingualWeb community at large.

If you want to speak at the event, submit a proposal as soon as possible.

This event will be held in Seattle, USA, as part of the Localization World Conference. In order to participate, you must register. Participants in W3C working groups will receive a 20% discount for attending the FEISGILLT event. For more information, see the FEISGILLT Call for Participation.

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New Working Draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0

A new version of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 draft has just been published as a Working Draft.

ITS 2.0 responds to current and future needs to extend ITS 1.0, that is: provide metadata (ITS “data categories”) also for HTML5, use the data categories for RDF, and add new data categories relevant for localization and language technologies.

In addition to various clarifications and smaller changes, this second version of the document provides several new data categories discussed during the MultilingualWeb workshop in Dublin in June (e.g. Domain and Locale Filter).

Please take a look at the new version, and send any comments to public-multilingualweb-lt-comments@w3.org (subscribe at the archive main page). Use “ITS 2.0 WD Comment” at the beginning the subject line of your email, and add something descriptive after it.

Send any comments before the end of August. We are planning to publish a new working draft in late August, and a feature complete “last call” working draft in November.

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First Public Working Draft published: Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) Version 2.0

After discussing requirements at a dedicated workshop in June, the MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group has published a first public working draft of Internationalization Tag Set (ITS ) 2.0.

ITS 2.0 responds to needs that emerged since the creation of ITS 1.0 in 2007. First, ITS 2.0 focuses on HTML5. We can expect that huge amounts of Web content will be produced using HTML5 in the future, and ITS 2.0 will provide the means to properly internationalize and localize HTML5, using both human translation or language technologies like machine translation.

In addition, ITS 2.0 builds bridges to the Semantic Web area, by providing mechanisms to re-use ITS metadata (so-called “data categories”) with RDF.

Finally, ITS 2.0 defines new data categories that are demanded by the localization and language technology communities.

The development of this first draft of ITS 2.0 would not have been possible without the MultilingualWeb project: via MultilingualWeb, stakeholders of quite diverse communities have provided input to the initial metadata definitions. The W3C Internationalization Activity is now the place for these communities to move that metadata and its implementations forward.

We very much welcome feedback also from outside the Working Group – see issues discussed within the Working Group. Please send your comments to public-multilingualweb-lt-comments@w3.org. Use “ITS 2.0 WD Comment” at the beginning the subject line of your email, and add something descriptive after it. The archives for this list are publicly available.

Editors: Dave Lewis (TCD), Arle Lommel (DFKI), Felix Sasaki (DFKI/W3C Fellow), Jirka Kosek (UEP)


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