Richard Ishida is the W3C Internationalization Activity Lead. This activity has the mission of ensuring universal access to the Web, regardless of language, script or culture, by proposing & coordinating any techniques, conventions, guidelines and activities within the W3C that help to make and keep the Web international.
Richard is chair of the GEO (Guidelines, Education & Outreach) Working Group, and staff contact for the ITS (Internationalisation Tag Set) Working group. He is also co-chair of the Internationalization & Unicode Conference. For many years his seminars and consulting have helped product groups around the world develop websites, documents, software, and on-screen information so that it can be easily localized for the international marketplace. His background includes translation and interpretation, computational linguistics, and translation tools. He has studied French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese and Arabic.