Re: [I18ndir] Fwd: [new-work] Proposed W3C Charters: HTML Working Group; Internationalization (i18n) Working Group and Interest Group (until 2019-05-03)

Martin J. Dürst <> Sat, 13 April 2019 10:16 UTC

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Subject: Re: [I18ndir] Fwd: [new-work] Proposed W3C Charters: HTML Working Group; Internationalization (i18n) Working Group and Interest Group (until 2019-05-03)
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Hello Everybody,

On 2019/04/13 01:59, John C Klensin wrote:
> Ben,
> Thanks.
> AFAIK, Martin still chairs the i18n Interest Group.

Confirmed. The i18n Interest Group these days mostly works through task 
forces, and most if not all of these task forces these days work on 
typography and layout issues for various scripts and regions of the 
world. This work feeds into requirements for CSS and layout engines in 
browser implementations.

> I'm fairly
> active in the I18n Working Group and I believe Peter and Barry
> are still considered members although they have not been active
> of late.

I think I'm also still a mostly silent member of the I18N WG.

One thing that may be worth a look at for people on this list is the 
list of checking points for specification writers, at Many 
things don't apply to most IETF specs, but some do.

> I don't want to say "we've got it covered", because that
> assertion would be a bit questionable, but most of the work I
> see is fairly web-specific and fully-consistent with agreements
> reached years ago about division of responsibilities between
> IETF and W3C (I don't know if the group that reached those
> agreements still exists; I certainly hope that the appropriate
> ADs do and that, if it doesn't, how to swiftly reconstitute it
> if needed).
> During the time that it was unclear whether the directorate
> would actually be pulled together, I did informally raise the
> question of whether the I18n "core" WG would be interested in
> taking more review responsibility for IETF work that was not
> web-focused, such an IDNA reviews for new Unicode versions and
> got responses that might be described in terms of the number of
> 10 foot poles that might be needed.

The main reason for this is that the members of the I18N WG already are 
doing a lot of reviews of W3C work so it's kind of understandable that 
they don't want to do more of (almost) the same.

> The notice may hide a more important issue but it is only
> slightly an i18n one: while the IETF and W3C decided that HTML
> should be the latter's responsibility, actual design
> responsibility for HTML seems to be shifting to WHATWG, an
> organization that is far less open, transparent, or based on
> broad consensus than either W3C or IETF.

At its core, it's a small insider group of highly motivated individuals 
working for some of the main browser vendors. Around that is a wide 
range of people who provide input and participate in discussions.

> Whether that is a
> problem or not probably depends on one's perspective.  I do know
> I'm trying very hard to keep it from ending up on my problem
> list, but I hope the IESG is at least aware of it.

In my view, the main problem at the moment and going forward for HTML is 
not the WHATWG, but the fact that we are again (as in the late 1990ies) 
towards something close to an implementation monoculture.
(see e.g. 
for the latest news).

Regards,   Martin.

> best,
>      john
> --On Friday, April 12, 2019 11:30 -0500 Benjamin Kaduk
> <> wrote:
>> Passing this along in case people haven't seen it in other
>> fora...
>> -Ben
>> On Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 04:24:35PM -0400, Coralie Mercier
>> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> The W3C Advisory Committee Representatives received a
>>> Proposal to review the following draft charters:
>>>   * HTML Working Group:
>>>   * Internationalization (i18n) Working Group:
>>>   * Internationalization (i18n) Interest Group Charter:
>>> As part of ensuring that the community is aware of proposed
>>> work at W3C, this draft charter is public during the Advisory
>>> Committee review period.
>>> W3C invites public comments through 2019-05-03 on the
>>> proposed charter. Please send comments to
>>> <>rg>, which has a public archive:
>>> Other than comments sent in formal responses by W3C Advisory
>>> Committee Representatives, W3C cannot guarantee a response to
>>> comments. If you work for a W3C Member [1], please coordinate
>>> your comments with your Advisory Committee Representative.
>>> For example, you may wish to make public comments via this
>>> list and have your Advisory Committee Representative refer to
>>> it from his or her formal review comments.
>>> If you should have any questions or need further information,
>>> please contact Wendy Seltzer <>rg>, or Philippe
>>> Le Hegaret <>rg>.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Coralie Mercier, Head of W3C Marketing & Communications
>>> [1]
>>> --
>>> Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Marketing & Communications -
>>> +337 810 795 22
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Prof. Martin J. Dürst
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Aoyama Gakuin University
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