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The W3C (or World Wide Web Consortium) was founded by and is still led by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and develops the base standards that support information on the Web, such as HTML, CSS and XML. As W3C Internationalization Activity Lead, Richard Ishida is trying to make the World Wide Web world wide. The Internationalization Activity works with W3C working groups and liaises with other organizations to help ensure universal access to the Web, regardless of language, script or culture. Richard has also increased internationalization-related education and outreach while at the W3C. He is on the Unicode Conference board, and the Unicode Editorial Committee.
Richard is much in demand as a speaker, as his talks combine fascinating examples with clear and very practical recommendations. For 20 years his seminars and consultancy have helped developers around the world understand how to create websites, documents, and on-screen information that can be easily adapted for international users. His talks draw on his earlier background in translation and interpreting, computational linguistics, translation tools, and his passion for languages and writing systems.