The Internationalization Working Group has published a Group Note, Use Cases & Exploratory Approaches for Ruby Markup.
This document was designed to support discussion about what is needed in the HTML5 specification, and possibly other markup vocabularies, to adequately support ruby markup. It describes a number of use cases associated with ruby usage, and then examines a number of possible ruby markup approaches for each use case, listing pros and cons for each approach.
The Internationalization Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Use Cases & Exploratory Approaches for Ruby Markup.
Comments are welcome through 24 September. As this document has already been through a review cycle, we are not anticipating major changes to arise over the coming two weeks, and hope to move it to publication as a WG Note in two to three weeks time. See the status section for information about where to send feedback if you have any.
This document aims to support discussion about what is needed in the HTML5 specification, and possibly other markup vocabularies, to adequately support ruby markup. It looks at a number of use cases involving ruby, and how well the following approaches support those use cases: the HTML5 model described in the Candidate Recommendation as of 17 December 2012, the XHTML Ruby Annotation model, and the Ruby Extension Specification proposed in February 2013.
Use Cases & Exploratory Approaches for Ruby Markup looks at a number of use cases involving simple and complex ruby, and considers which are supported by the current markup models in the HTML5 and XHTML Ruby Annotation specifications. Where a use case is not supported by the HTML5 model, it provides suggestions about how the markup model could be adapted to better support those use cases. In each case, pros and cons of the approach are listed, but the document does not attempt to impose a particular solution.
The hope is that implementers and standards developers will take the information and suggestions in this document as a starting point for developing a markup model for ruby in HTML5 that fully supports the use cases.
This first public working draft was published by the W3C Internationalization Core Working Group. The editor is Richard Ishida (W3C).