The MultilingualWeb-LT project, a European Commission-funded program run through the World Wide Web Consortium, is developing metadata (information about processes, requirements, etc.) to support multilingual and international content on the Internet and in XML documents. Dave Lewis, one of the project leads, and Arle Lommel, GALA Standards Coordinator, discuss the project, its outcomes, and how individuals and companies can get involved in defining the future of the web. This effort has the potential to impact everyone in the localization and translation community, from content creators to project managers to freelance translators, by helping to ensure that they have the information they need to get their work done and deliver the highest quality.
Active in the localization industry for over ten years, Arle Lommel is a frequent speaker on industry issues, particularly those related to standards and standardization. He is former Director of Open Standards at the Localization Industry Standards Association, where he chaired the OSCAR standards group, which was responsible for such standards as TMX, TBX, SRX, and GMX-V. Arle participates in the activities of many standards groups in order to represent the needs of industry and to help encourage public participation in their activities.