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Subject: FW: Internationalization Tag Set

Please note the announcement of a call for public comment below by the W3C's
ITS group.  Please review the work and feel free to reply with comment as
defined below.


-----Original Message-----
From: Yves Savourel [mailto:ysavourel@translate.com] 
Sent: 28 November 2005 21:56
To: jamie.clark@oasis-open.org; carol.geyer@oasis-open.org
Cc: 'Tony Jewtushenko'; peter.reynolds@bowneglobal.ie;
robin.cover@oasis-open.org; patrick.gannon@oasis-open.org
Subject: Internationalization Tag Set

Hello Carol, James, and all,

I assume both of you are the right contact persons for this, but since I was
not sure I'm taking the liberty to CCed a number of
other people of the OASIS Staff as well as Tony and Peter as their TCs are
directly linked to localization topics.

The W3C Internationalization Tag Set Working Group has published last week
the First Working Draft of the ITS specification. This is
an early draft of the markup to support internationalization aspects
(including localizability) of content for XML (DTD, Schemas,
and documents instance). The current draft provides solutions for
Bidirectional content, Ruby text, Translatability, Terminology
identification and Localization notes.

To put it very simply ITS would allow:

- To describe internationalization and localization aspects of a document
type in its schema.
- To define the same set of rules in a stand-alone container (e.g. with
document types supporting only DTD)
- To insert within documents information overriding the defaults sets for
the document type.

OASIS is the home of various XML specifications, many of which could be
using ITS. We are aware of some existing
internationalization support in various OASIS formats (e.g. the
bidirectional tags in DocBook or the translate attribute in DITA)
and are working already in coordinating our solutions with their.

But we would like to make sure the whole OASIS community is aware of this
Working Draft so they can provide us with feedback and we
can work on addressing their issues as soon as possible.

Would it be possible for someone to broadcast this information to the
appropriate contacts (TC chairs maybe?).

- The text of the W3C official announcement is here:

- The Working Draft is visible here:

- The ITS main page is here:

Please, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Kind regards,

Yves Savourel
Localization Solutions Architect
ENLASO Corporation
T: 303-516-0857 x104 * F: 303-516-1701
E: ysavourel@translate.com
Chair, W3C Internationalization Tag Set Working Group

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