Find W3C I18n resources
This page links to various types of resource available on the W3C Internationalization site, and some elsewhere, relating to Internationalization.
The following pages also point to subsets of this information, but are tailored to specific roles:
Current projects & news
Links to help you locate current topics of interest. See also the page Follow W3C Internationalization work for suggestions about how to follow the work.
- Project RADAR
An overview of current activity, grouped by work area. This would normally be your starting point for getting to know the work of the Working Group (WG).
- i18n WG tracker
Tracks issues raised against documents we are developing, or those developed by task forces.
- i18n home page
Provides news bulletins.
@webi18n on Mastodon
Follow the news feed on Mastodon.
- @webi18n on Twitter
Follow the news feed on Twitter.
Find WG Notes and articles intended to explain i18n concepts to content authors, spec developers, etc.
Technical reports & notes
Documents that follow the W3C Process guidelines. The target for such documents is normally W3C Recommendation or WG Note.
Articles, tutorials and best practices
Miscellaneous resources related to the use of W3C and other more general Web technologies in international content.
Techniques indexes provide a set of do's and don'ts for specific tasks, and links to further reading. These two indexes are the best developed.
The following links may also be useful, although they are less well developed.
These links are to documents that are out of date and are no longer linked to from the rest of the site.
- Language enablement index
Index of requirements for text layout.
- Type samples
Samples of layout features in the wild.
- Layout issue tracker
Tracks requests for information, spec issues and browser bugs.
- Current layout work
- Analysing support for text layout on the Web
An overview of the current framework we use for gathering requirements and analysing gaps.
- Setting up a Gap Analysis Project
Gap analysis projects look at how well a language or set of languages is supported on the Web in terms of text layout, and creates proposals for improving support where needed.
Mail archives can be found in the list of groups. Check the group pages for information about how the lists are used.
The main news feed for the W3C Internationalization activity is the home page and the @webi18n mastodon and twitter channels. However there are some additional feeds listed at this link.
Useful explainers for group participants.
- Practical tips for group members
Advice for participants of groups about starting and running a telecon, managing actions, managing issues, using a github project pipeline, and recruiting someone to a task force
- Github guidelines for working with i18n docs
A simple introduction, with step by step advice, on how to use GitHub as a group participant.
- Editorial guidelines
Advice on editing documents related to the internationalization activity.
Related standards work
The Internationalization WG reviews specifications. These links relate to that activity.
Short review checklist
Useful for doing a working group participant wanting to do a self-review of their spec, or for anyone else wanting help to review a spec.
Full review checklist
More detailed checklist for areas that are picked out from the short review checklist.
A list of documents that need review, and that are in review.
Review comment tracker
Open review comments made by the i18n Working Group about specifications of other groups, in order of latest changed.
How to review specs and raise issues.
How to do a review
Step-by-step guidelines about how to raise review comments.
i18n WG review process overview
Presentation describing how i18n folks do reviews, and including tips for chairs and staff contacts.
The W3C is looking to increase participation and funding so that we can expand our activity beyond the core work. For more information, see:
Presentations given by members of the Internationalization Working Group are linked from this page:
The i18n WG develops tests for international features, and contributes to the Web Platform Test Suite. It also makes available results for the tests.
i18n test index
Points to summaries of test results. To access the tests themselves, click on the link in the left-most column. The page lists tests available using the I18n Test Suite and tests created using the interactive test format.
Working with interactive tests
Describes practical steps for creating and managing interactive tests to support the write-up of a gap.
Contains an overview of how to create tests for the i18n test suite, and points to a document to help you manage them.
Online utilities to help content authors.