201312 FebJapanese Government Offers Funding for Contributions of Code or Tests for the (Vertical) Text Features of CSS.
The Japanese government is offering several grants for researching the problems of vertical text layout standardization on next generation web browsers. Each grant is worth ¥100,000 (about €790).
The project is being coordinated by NTT Japan and full details can be found on their website, which offers the following additional information:
We are going to accept ‘candidates of supporters for researching the problems of vertical text layout standardization on next generation web browser’ from the public.
The standardization of HTML5 (Hyper Text Markup Language) as technology of next generation web browser has been underway by W3C(World Wide Web Consortium : one of the standards developing organization) over the years and Japanese text layout display functions as in Japanese magazines or Japanese books are in discussion for becoming the basic functionality of Web browsers.
We consider it’s very important that enabling all devices to display vertical style contents, in terms of the Japanese cultural vertical style inheritance or the maintenance and strengthening of Japanese contents deployment to the world.
We are calling for ‘supporters’ who can support the standardization of Japanese vertical text layout on next generation web browsers.
The deadline for applications is 28 February 2013.
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That’s quite interesting issue! It never crossed my mind that we do actually need vertical flow for text for languages like the Japanese. Just when you thought everything is sorted out; multicultural world brings more issues.