Web Internationalization & Multilinguism Symposium
Carretera de San Juan de Aznalfarache-Mairena, Km 1
20-22 November 1996
The objective of the Symposium is the advancement of the Internationalization
& Multilinguism of the Web; it will cover both the current state and
needed future developments. In particular, the symposium is intended to promote
agreement on relevant technical standards. The intent is to gather interested
parties from all sectors, including:
Users, particularly site developers with large multi-lingual needs.
Implementors of Web products (e.g., browsers, servers, authoring tools, ...).
Vendors of linguistic products (e.g., translator workbenches).
Standards developers (e.g, W3C).
Social and political stake-holders (e.g., European Commission)
The Symposium is organized into five broad domains. Each domain has one or
more rapporteurs, who will organize a section of the symposium in which the
current status, options, and issues are presented and discussed. Each domain
has a separate web page, which will be updated to point to position statements
and background papers. Those with a strong interest who are new to the issues
of Internationalization and Multilinguism of the web are encouraged to attend.
There will be one Main Track and a number of parallel Secondary Tracks. All
subjects will be treated, to different extents, as part of the Main Track.
The Secondary Tracks will be used for extending discussions on certain themes.
There will be no fixed model for events on Secondary Tracks, which can take
the form of workshops, brainstorming sessions, BOF meetings, vendors
Manuel Chavez Gonzalez, President of the Government of Andalusia.
Main Track program
Wednesday 20 November
9.00 Opening Address of the Symposium. M.T. Carrasco Benitez.
9.10 Keynote Speaker. Representative of the Government of Andalucia
1. Social, political and cultural aspects
Domain rapporteur: Patrice
This domain covers goals and issues around web internationalization, including
social, economic, political, cultural, legal, censorship and linguistic issues,
including the global functional view required for the internationalization
and multilinguism of the Web.
2. Basic infrastructure
Domain rapporteur: L.
This domain covers the international and multi-lingual issues of protocols
and protocol elements underlying the Web. Topics include language tags, character
sets and encodings, MIME registration, URLs, HTTP, Internet directory services.
Thursday 21 November
Domain rapporteurs: M. Dürst,
G. Nicol, F.
This domain covers the technology important for authors, including the
internationalization issues of HTML, BIDI, undisplayable characters, fonts,
multi-lingual typography, style sheets, and localization.
10.50-11.10 coffee 13.00 lunch
Domain rapporteur: M.T. Carrasco
This domain covers the technology necessary for developing and maintaining
multi-lingual web sites, including translation and translation tools, parallel
hypertext, multi-lingual hypertext, multi-lingual search and natural language
processing. Also the processing of EDI.
19.30 Social evening
Friday 22 November
9.00-12.40 5. Deployment
Domain rapporteur: Bert Bos
This domain covers the current state of web software, servers and sites,
and the issues of deployment: for example, how to encourage authors to use
features and servers to support those features and browsers to interpret
those features, since the willingness of each of them depends on how widespread
the technology is in the other communities.
12.40 Closing address
Only the internationalization and multilinguism aspect of the above subject
will be considered.
Comments on the program are encouraged; particularly missing aspects.
Participants should submit a short statement. Comments and statement should
be send to the internationalization
mailing list. For
on this list.
The registration is
administered by Sadiel.
The fees are:
$450 : Until 31 October 1996
$500 : After 31 October 1996
This is for the Symposium, printed material, lunches and coffees.
Traveling & accommodation
The Symposium will be in Sevilla, Spain.
Participants are to make their own travel and accommodations arrangements.
Some information is in the Symposium
travel and accommodation
The language of the Symposium is English. There will be simultaneous translation
English/Spanish and Spanish/English for the Main Track.
The Symposium is co-organized by
Sadiel and the
World Wide Web Consortium. It has the support
of the European Commission, as part of
the European contribution to the G7 Project
"A Global Marketplace
for SMEs". The chairman of the Symposium is
After the symposium
See the final report and a few photos.
Last updated 31 March 2023.