The mission of this task force is to support the use of the Arabic script by Web standards and technologies, such as HTML, CSS, Mobile Web, Digital Publications and Unicode. It does this by establishing a network of experts who explore, discuss and document gaps and requirements for the languages in scope.
The Arabic script is used by communities in various parts of the world, speaking very different languages, and participation in this work by those communities is welcomed
The Arabic Layout Task Force is part of the W3C Internationalization Interest Group (i18n IG). The W3C Internationalization Working Group (i18n WG) oversees the work of the task force, and publishes the task force's documents to the TR space. The group uses the W3C Internationalization Activity home page to disseminate public information about its activities.
The output of the task force is pointed to by the International text layout and typography index, and sits alongside similar work for other writing systems. For information about layout and typographic requirements work for other scripts, see Layout & typography.
The wider W3C framework into which this work fits is described in Analysing support for text layout on the Web.
This charter is intended to reflect the current direction of the group, so that there is common agreement. It may be altered at any point in order to reflect new priorities or work items.
|End date||No fixed end date.|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are public|
|Chair(s)||Shervin Ashfar (Netflix)
Behnam Esfahbod (Quora/Virgule Typeworks)
|Team Contact(s)||Richard Ishida
|Usual Meeting Schedule||Teleconferences: On an as-needed basis. Preferably, a minimum of one status meeting per month.
Face-to-face meetings: On an as-needed basis.
Video Conferences: On an as-needed basis.
The use of the GitHub issue list is not restricted to any particular set of languages other than that the group is focused on languages using the Arabic script.
Use of the Arabic and Perso-Arabic scripts extends beyond the Arabic and Persian languages. There are many languages that are currently or have historically been written in these scripts. These include many that are not linguistically related to Arabic or Persian, but which have adapted these scripts in various ways to accommodate their local linguistic needs. Although these languages and writing traditions are important, the initial focus of this group for documentation will be on the usage associated with the Arabic and Persian languages.
Documents related to additional languages may be added as expertise becomes available.
The Arabic Text Layout Task Force will not produce Recommendation-track deliverables but will produce documents that can be published by the Internationalization Working Group as Working Group Notes or articles.
The group will also assist in developing tests for language features, most of which will be made available via the Internationalization Test Suite, and some of which may be ported to the Web Platform Tests repository.
The major deliverables of the program are:
Note that the requirements document should always remain technology-agnostic, so that it is evergreen. The gap analysis document, however, should be technology-specific, and as issues are addressed parts of the gap analysis document will eventually become merely historical records (and should be labelled as such).
The success of the Task Force will be evaluated based on:
Working Drafts and Notes will be published by the i18n WG, and the i18n WG will work with the task force closely to assist with development and review of the documents.
A number of types of participation are possible, ranging from very low commitment (eg. 'Followers') to significant (eg. 'Editors' and 'Chairs'). These are described in a wiki page.
The GitHub home page for the group describes how to participate.
Everyone participating in the work of the task force, be it through the issue list, by contributing content or tests, or any other communication, must do so in conformance with the provisions of the CONTRIBUTING document.
The group primarily conducts its work on the GitHub repository at https://github.com/w3c/alreq/.
The GitHub issue list is used to report issues for language support, for discussions, and to send feedback about documents.
The public-i18n-arabic mailing list is used to send notification digests & meeting minutes. It is not for technical discussion.
There is also a public-alreq-admin mailing list for internal and administrative use by the TF participants, for example for announcing teleconference agendas, new participants, preparing for publication, etc. or for discussing other non-technical, practical arrangements related to the group. Only participants in the task force are subscribed to that list.
The group uses the W3C Internationalization Activity home page to disseminate public information about its activities.
The task force aims to hold teleconference or face-to-face meetings twice a month, with additional meetings as needed to enable discussion and review status of the work. Such meetings have proven to be extremely useful in maintaining the heartbeat of the work.
The #alreq IRC channel is used for supplementary communication and for minute-taking during meetings. Instructions for use are sent out with the meeting agenda.
As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. In cases where there is a need to formally produce a group resolution about a particular issue, its Chair will put a question about the issue to the group and gather responses (including any formal objections); then, after due consideration of all the responses, the Chair will record a group resolution (possibly after a formal vote and also along with responding to any formal objections).
Participants in the Task Force are obligated to comply with W3C patent-disclosure policy as outlined in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy document. Although the Task Force is not chartered to produce Recommendation-track documents that themselves require patent disclosure, participants in the group are nevertheless obligated to comply with W3C patent-disclosure policy for any Recommendation-track specifications that they review or comment on.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Task Force within the Internationalization Interest Group is not a formal document and does not require W3C management or Advisory Committee review or approval. It is intended to summarise the goals and procedures of the group at any given time, and can be changed at any time to realign with changed priorities for the group.