International typography contains types of formatting that are not yet exposed in HTML and thus impossible to achieve on the web without using special workarounds or graphics.

This will be a presentation of two recently published W3C Working Drafts whose goal is to make international typography visible on the web. "International Layout in CSS", available here, extends CSS to support East Asian and Bi-directional typography. It proposes new stylesheet properties to control various aspects of layout such as vertical text, justification, ruby text appearance, line breaking as well as character and line spacing. The second paper, "Ruby", available here, introduces HTML structural markup for ruby text, used especially in Chinese and Japanese documents.

These papers represent work that is currently in progress in the W3C Internationalization Working Group.

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