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Chinese Layout Task Force
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This task force will document requirements for the layout and presentation of text in Simplified and Traditional Chinese script when they are used by Web standards and technologies, such as HTML, CSS, Mobile Web, Digital Publications, and Unicode.

The task force will report the results of its activities back to the Internationalization Core Working Group, as well as to other relevant groups and to the W3C membership and community at large.

Many of the topics addressed are listed in the International text layout and typography index.

How to Join

We welcome participation requests from people who are interested in contributing to the work of the Task Force. There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Task force members are expert contributors who participate actively in producing the work of the group, regularly contributing text and advice to create the outputs, and participating in meetings. For more information about becoming a task force member contact Richard Ishida.
  2. It is also possible to follow and contribute to discussions without the commitment required in being an expert contributor. See the github home page for details.

Organisation of the task force

The Chinese Layout Task Force is part of the W3C Internationalization Activity and the W3C Internationalization Interest Group.

The Task Force works closely with the Chinese National Committee for Standardization (Standardization Administration of China, SAC) , the National Information Technology Standardization Technical Committee TC28 / SC2 (IT / character set and encoding), TC28 / SC30 (IT / Chinese platform especially technology). It also works with the National Information T echnology Standardization Technical Committee Tibetan, text IT National Standards Working Group维哈柯minority culture, Mongolian and others.

The co-chairs of the task force are Chen Zhuang (China Electronics Standardization Institute Information), Dong Fuxing (Invited Expert), and Wuritu (Inner Mongolia University). The chair of the Interest Group is Martin Dürst.

Internationalization Activity

The main page for access to the i18n Activity of the W3C is http://www.w3.org/International/. This is where we post news, and links to the various types of information available on the site. You may want to check out the quick links on the right and the "Get help!" by task index.

For information about layout and typographic requirements work for other scripts, see the page Layout & typography.

Work aims

The Chinese Layout Task Force will not produce Recommendation-track deliverables but expects to produce Working Group Notes, published by the Internationalization Working Group.

To find and follow progress on deliverables, see the github repo.

The main deliverable will be a document about Chinese Script Layout Requirements. The latest editor's version is hosted on GitHub. A basic, initial set of information was published for review on the W3C site under www.w3.org/TR as a First Public Working Draft. Subsequent substantive changes will be published regularly as Working Drafts, so that the /TR and github versions are never far apart.

Documents will be produced in Chinese and English, and regular information about the status of the work and key discussion points will be forwarded to the English-language lists for wide review.

The group charter also covers review of draft specifications produced by other working groups, and provision of translations of relevant W3C specifications and resources.

The group may choose to produce other non-normative deliverables, such as test cases and error reports, under the terms of the Policies for Contribution of Test Cases to W3C, and in coordination with any relevant working groups.


Most of the technical discussion will take place in the github issues list. If you want to raise an issue with the documents, this is the place to raise it.

To follow the work, you can 'Watch' the repository, or subscribe to the public-i18n-cjk mailing list, which is notified once a day about changes to the repo. The www-international list is also notified daily. (Please use github issues rather than the mailing list to send feedback.) Meeting minutes are sent to public-i18n-cjk.

If there is a need to communicate in Chinese by email, the public-zhreq can be used for this purpose.

The group will use the Internationalization Activity home page and W3C China Website to disseminate public information about its activities.

There is also a public-clreq-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 task force aims to hold teleconference or face-to-face meetings at least once a month, with additional meetings as needed to enable discussion and review status of the work.

The #clreq IRC channel can be used for supplementary communication and minute-taking during meetings. Instructions for use are sent out with the meeting agenda.

Chair: Chen Zhuang, Dong Fuxing, Nashunwuritu
Staff contact: Li Anqi, Richard Ishida

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