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Monthly Archives: May 2012


First Public Working Draft Published: Requirements for Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0

Over the past five years since its release in 2007 the Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) has shown itself to be a very powerful tool for simplifying the translation of XML content, but a lot has changed since then as improved technologies to support translation have emerged and we have seen greater levels of integration between content production and translation. As a result new needs have emerged and the W3C’s MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group was formed to develop ITS version 2.0 (ITS 2.0) to respond to these needs.

Requirements for Internationalization Tag Set (ITS) 2.0 gathers metadata categories – essentially items like ways to indicate whether or not specific text should be translated, support for machine translation, and so forth – developed within the MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group. The proposed metadata targets web content (primarily HTML5) and “deep Web” content, such as content stored in a content management system (CMS) or XML files from which HTML pages are generated, that facilitates its interaction with multilingual technologies and localization processes.

In order to ensure that the proposed metadata categories reflect the needs of the organizations that produce and translate content, interested parties should review the document and send comments to (You can also join the public discussion list and view its archive). We also invite you to review the issues discussed within the Working Group.

We will discuss the draft at the upcoming MultilingualWeb workshop and plan to publish a new version of the document incorporating public feedback by the end of June 2012, followed by a first draft publication of the ITS 2.0 specification.

(If you are interested in taking a more active role in working on ITS 2.0 you may also register for the Dublin workshop, at no fee, until May 30. See the call for participation for more details.)

Editors: Dave Lewis (TCD), Arle Lommel (DFKI), Felix Sasaki (DFKI/W3C Fellow)


Program published for MultilingualWeb Workshop in Dublin!

The program has been published for the upcoming W3C MultilingualWeb workshop on Linked Open Data and the MultilingualWeb-LT Project Requirements in Dublin, 11–13 June 2012.

Divided into two portions, the first day (11 June) will focus on Linked Open Data. The keynote presentation will be given by David Orban, CEO of dotSUB, who will be followed by a full day of presentations on various aspects of Linked Open Data. The following two days will deal more specifically with development of the MultilingualWeb-LT project’s requirements document. Speakers come from organizations like Adobe Systems, the European Commission, the World Wide Web Consortium, and leading research institutions from around the world.

See the Call for Participation for details about how to register for the workshop. Participation in the workshop is free.

Important: The deadline for registration is May 30. Please be sure to register by then.

The MultilingualWeb workshops, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the W3C, looks at best practices and standards related to all aspects of creating, localizing and deploying the multilingual Web. The workshops are successful because they attracted a wide range of participants, from fields such as localization, language technology, browser development, content authoring and tool development, etc., to create a holistic view of the interoperability needs of the multilingual Web.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

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WG Note published and retired: Web Services Internationalization (WS-I18N)

The Internationalization Core Working Group has reached consensus to stop working on Web Services Internationalization (WS-I18N). It was published as a Working Group Note for archival reasons and is no longer being progressed along the W3C’s Recommendation Track. The only changes to this document since the last Working Draft are the addition of the note just above, and a correction to the links pointing to what was known as the Olson timezone database, which is now hosted by IANA.


MultilingualWeb Dublin speaker deadline extended, don’t delay!

The deadline for submissions to speak at the Multilingual Web – Linked Open Data and MultilingualWeb-LT Requirements in Dublin has been extended until 9 May. We are building a strong program with expected contributions from Adobe, the Centre for Next Generation Localisation, the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the European Commission, Google, and many others, and we will be filling the remaining slots soon.

If you want to speak at the event register as soon as possible.

This MultilingualWeb workshop will be held in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: first, to discuss the intersection between Linked Open Data and Multilingual Technologies (11 June), and second, to discuss Requirements of the W3C MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group (12 – 13 June). We expect that both topics will attract an overlapping set of participants, and we hope to increase the overlap by this workshop.

Participation is free. We welcome participation from both speakers and non-speaking attendees. For more information and to register, see the Call for Participation.

Updated Working Draft: Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0: Normalization

A new version of the Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0: Normalization was published. The only significant change was a note to clarify that content of the Working Draft is currently out of date, and the Internationalization Core Working Group intends to substantially alter or replace the recommendations found in this document with very different recommendations in the near future.

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