[I18n-sig] Character Model for the World Wide Web

Misha.Wolf@reuters.com Misha.Wolf@reuters.com
Thu, 20 Dec 2001 15:06:08 +0000

I'm very pleased to be able to announce the publication of a new Working
Draft of the Character Model for the World Wide Web:

An extract from the document follows:


   This Architectural Specification provides authors of specifications,
   software developers, and content developers with a common reference for
   interoperable text manipulation on the World Wide Web. Topics addressed
   include encoding identification, early uniform normalization, string
   identity matching, string indexing, and URI conventions, building on the
   Universal Character Set, defined jointly by Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646.
   Some introductory material on characters and character encodings is also

   Status of this Document

   This section describes the status of this document at the time of its
   publication. Other documents may supersede this document. The latest
   status of this series of documents is maintained at the W3C.

   This is a W3C Working Draft published between the first Last Call
   Working Draft of 26 January 2001 and a planned second Last Call. This
   interim publication is used to document the further progress made on
   addressing the comments received during the first Last Call. A list of
   last call comments with their status can be found in the disposition of
   comments (Members only).

   Work is still ongoing on addressing the comments received during the
   first Last Call. We do not encourage comments on this Working Draft;
   instead we ask reviewers to wait for the second Last Call. We will
   announce the second Last Call on the W3C Internationalization public
   mailing list (www-international@w3.org; subscribe). Comments from the
   public and from organizations outside the W3C may be sent to
   www-i18n-comments@w3.org (archive). Comments from W3C Working Groups may
   be sent directly to the Internationalization Interest Group
   (w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org), with cross-posting to the originating Group, to
   facilitate discussion and resolution.

   Due to the architectural nature of this document, it affects a large
   number of W3C Working Groups, but also software developers, content
   developers, and writers and users of specifications outside the W3C that
   have to interface with W3C specifications.

   This document is published as part of the W3C Internationalization
   Activity by the Internationalization Working Group (Members only), with
   the help of the Internationalization Interest Group. The
   Internationalization Working Group will not allow early implementation
   to constrain its ability to make changes to this specification prior to
   final release. Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement
   by the W3C Membership. It is inappropriate to use W3C Working Drafts as
   reference material or to cite them as other than "work in progress". A
   list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be
   found at http://www.w3.org/TR.

   For information about the requirements that informed the development of
   important parts of this specification, see Requirements for String
   Identity Matching and String Indexing [CharReq].

Misha Wolf
W3C I18N WG Chair

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