About the W3C Internationalization Activity

This page provides information about the internationalization groups and current goals.

What is 'i18n'?

'i18n' is an industry standard abbreviation for 'internationalization' (because there are 18 letters between the 'i' and the 'n').

What is W3C I18n currently working on?

Key areas of work include: Language Enablement, Developer Support, and Education & Outreach.

For a list of current work projects, see the Project RADAR.

For details of upcoming and current spec review work, see the Review RADAR.

For a list of active review comments see the Review comment tracker, or see the Github issues list.

For a list of issues raised against I18n documents and articles, see the Document issue tracker.

For a list of initiatives aimed at documenting requirements for typography and text layout on the Web and in digital publications for languages other than English see the Layout & typography page.

Active groups

  1. Internationalization Working Group
    Overseeing the language enablement work, reviewing specifications, providing internationalization guidance to Working Groups, & creating educational materials for content authors.
    Home page
    GitHub: w3c/i18n-discuss, w3c/typography, w3c/type-samples, w3c/i18n-drafts, w3c/w3c/predefined-counter-styles, w3c/unicode-xml, w3c/i18n-checker, w3c/charmod-norm, w3c/string-meta, w3c/string-search, w3c/ltli, w3c/its2req, w3c/mlw-metadata-us-impl, w3c/mlreq, w3c/klreq, w3c/bp-i18n-specdev, w3c/i18n-activity
    Notification list: www-international
    Other lists: public-i18n-corepublic-i18n-translation
    Group-only list: member-i18n-core*

  2. Internationalization Interest Group
    Group membership is based on mailing list participation. Most of the traffic is composed of notifications about changes to GitHub issues, which is where the technical discussions take place. The IG is also the parent group for all the task forces listed below.
    Home page
    Notification lists: www-international, public-i18n-its-ig

  3. African Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web in any African language or script.
    Github (w3c/afrlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-africa): archivesubscribe
    Group-only list: public-afrlreq-admin

  4. Americas Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for languages of the Americas.
    Github (w3c/amlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-americas): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-alreq-amlreq

  5. Arabic Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for Arabic & Persian languages.
    Github (w3c/alreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-arabic): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-alreq-admin
    Related list (public-i18n-bidi): public-i18n-bidi

  6. Chinese Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for Simplified & Traditional Chinese.
    Github (w3c/clreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-cjk): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-clreq-admin

  7. Ethiopic Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for Ethiopic-script languages.
    Github (w3c/elreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-ethiopic): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-elreq-admin

  8. European Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for European languages.
    Github (w3c/eurlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-europe): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-eurlreq-admin

  9. Hebrew Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for Hebrew.
    Github (w3c/hlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-hebrew): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-hlreq-admin
    Related list (public-i18n-bidi): public-i18n-bidi

  10. India International Program
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for languages of India.
    Github (w3c/iip): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-indic): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-ilreq-admin

  11. Japanese Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for Japanese.
    Github (w3c/jlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-japanese): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-jlreq-admin

  12. Mongolian Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for the Traditional Mongolian script.
    Github (w3c/mlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-mongolian): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-mlreq-admin

  13. Southeast Asian Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for SE Asian languages & scripts.
    Github (w3c/sealreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-mongolian): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-sealreq-admin

  14. Tibetan Layout Task Force
    Identify and address barriers to use of the Web for SE Asian languages & scripts.
    Github (w3c/tlreq): home pagediscussion threads
    Notification list (public-i18n-tibetan): archivesubscribe!
    Group-only list: public-tlreq-admin

Former groups

  1. ITS (Internationalization Tag Set) Interest Group Home page • List: public-i18n-its-ig. The mailing list is still open, but now operates under the Internationalization Interest Group.

  2. Japanese Layout Multi-Group Task Force Home page • Lists: public-i18n-cjk, member-japanese-layout-en*, member-japanese-layout-ja*

  3. MLW-LT (MultilingualWeb Language Technology) Working Group defined the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0. This delivers metadata for web content (mainly HTML5) and "deep Web" content (or example a CMS or XML file from which HTML pages are generated). The metadata facilitates interaction with multilingual technologies and localization processes. They also produced reference implementations. The group was closed on 17 January 2014, having successfully published the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 specification as a Recommendation. the Working Group has started discussing ITS 2.0 best practices topics within the Internationalization Tag Set Interest Group. This is an open forum aiming to generate discussion around future possible work in this area. To participate contribute to the ITS IG wiki and the ITS IG mailling list. [Home page] [Charter]

  4. Internationalization GEO Working Group worked to make the internationalization aspects of W3C technology better understood and more widely and consistently used through guidelines, education and outreach. This WG was closed when the work was merged into that of the Internationalization Working Group in 2007. [Home page] [Charter]

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