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African Language Enablement

This repository exists to allow a network of experts to share information about gaps and requirements for support of African-origin languages and script on the Web and in eBooks.

The main problem we seem to face at the moment is that experts don't know how to tell the W3C what problems exist for support of their script on the Web, and the W3C doesn't know how to contact people who can help when questions arise. This network of experts should help to significantly reduce that problem.

Some experts may go a step further, and contribute to a gap-analysis or requirements document for a given script.

Topics for discussion are suggested by the gap-analysis template. This work supports the development of the matrix indicating hot-spots for language support.

Note that existing groups are already working on support for languages written with the Arabic and Ethiopic scripts. That work will not be duplicated here.


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Please use the GitHub issue list to report issues for language support, for discussions, and to send feedback about documents.


Rather than just 'Watch' this repository, it is best to subscribe to the public-i18n-africa mailing list. That list is notified once a day (in digest form) about not only changes to this repository, but also about other W3C Working Group issues related to African writing systems. (Please use github issues rather than the mailing list to send feedback.)

You can find a list of open issues, including those from Working Groups, on the Layout Tracker page. (That link applies an africa filter.)


All contributors should read and agree with

Group members are expert contributors who provide advice on requirements and gaps for the script they are familiar with. Some may also participate actively in producing the work of the group, contributing text and advice to create the outputs, and participating in meetings. For more information about becoming a group member contact Richard Ishida. We welcome participation requests.


Links to background information

The following information describes work going on at the W3C to support languages on the Web.

Links for editors

If you end up creating a document, you should be familiar with and use the following:

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