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Emoji Deadline

Reminder: Emoji proposals must be submitted by October 1 to be considered for Unicode 10 (2017). See Process and Timeline. http://www.unicode.org/emoji/selection.html#timeline

Also, see the latest #emoji charts. Both the v3.0 and the v4.0 beta have been regenerated with updated images, and with updated sorting order, short names, and keywords (annotations) from the alpha Unicode #CLDR v30 release.

http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/
http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts-beta/
http://cldr.unicode.org/index/downloads/cldr-30

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/09/emoji-deadline.html

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New FAQ on Myanmar Scripts and Languages

A new FAQ on #Myanmar Scripts and Languages has been posted on the Unicode website. This FAQ discusses the use of the Myanmar script in Unicode, and covers the challenges of encoding, display, and interoperating with existing non-Unicode encodings such as #Zawgyi.

http://www.unicode.org/faq/myanmar.html

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/09/new-faq-on-myanmar-scripts-and-languages.html
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Proposed Update UTR #51, Unicode Emoji (Version 4.0)

A proposed update of UTR #51, #Unicode #Emoji (Version 4.0) is available for public review and feedback. This new version covers a total of 2,243 emoji, an increase from the 1,788 in Version 3.0. http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/tr51-8.html

There are several important changes in the proposed update. Three existing symbols have been newly classified as emoji: U+2640 FEMALE SIGN, U+2642 MALE SIGN, and U+2695 STAFF OF AESCULAPIUS. These are used in sequences to represent additional professions and to make gender distinctions among emoji. Many new emoji zwj sequences are cataloged, including professions and roles, #gender distinctions, and new family groupings. Two new flag emoji have been added, one as an emoji zwj sequence and one as a regional indicator pair. Ten additional emoji characters are newly classified as emoji modifier bases. This results in 50 new emoji modifier sequences, displaying skin tone #diversity. For example, see the emoji data for U+1F93C WRESTLERS.

Associated charts are available at http://unicode.org/emoji/charts-beta/index.html , and associated data files are available at http://unicode.org/Public/emoji/4.0/ .

The review period for the proposed update ends on October 24, 2016. Feedback can be submitted through the online reporting form http://www.unicode.org/reporting.html

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/08/proposed-update-utr-51-unicode-emoji.html
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Unicode Version 9.0 - Complete Text of the Core Specification Published

The core specification for Version 9.0 of the #Unicode Standard is now available, containing significant updates and improvements, including descriptions for six new scripts, 72 new #emoji characters, and 19 symbols for the new 4K TV standard.

In Version 9.0, the standard added precisely 7,500 characters. This version continues the Unicode Consortium’s firm commitment to support the full diversity of languages around the world by adding support for lesser-used writing systems of additional languages, including Osage, Nepal Bhasa, Fulani, and the Bravanese dialect of Swahili. Characters are also added to support the Warsh orthography for Arabic in West Africa and for the historic Tangut script of China.

All other components of Unicode 9.0 were released on June 21, 2016 to allow vendors to update their implementations of Unicode 9.0 as early as possible. Those components include the Unicode Standard Annexes, code charts, and the Unicode Character Database. The publication of the core specification completes the definitive documentation of the Unicode Standard, Version 9.0. A print-on-demand (POD) version for Unicode 9.0 is planned for later publication, with new cover art created by Gabee Ayres.

For more information, see Unicode 9.0: http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode9.0.0/
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Announcing The Unicode® Standard, Version 9.0

Version 9.0 of the #Unicode Standard is now available. Version 9.0 adds exactly 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters. These additions include six new scripts and 72 new #emoji characters.

The new scripts and characters in Version 9.0 add support for lesser-used languages worldwide, including:

Osage, a Native American language
Nepal Bhasa, a language of Nepal
Fulani and other African languages
The Bravanese dialect of Swahili, used in Somalia
The Warsh orthography for Arabic, used in North and West Africa
Tangut, a major historic script of China

Important symbol additions include:

    19 symbols for the new 4K TV standard
    72 emoji characters

For the full list, see emoji additions for Unicode 9.0. For a detailed description of support for emoji characters by the Unicode Standard, see UTR #51, Unicode Emoji. http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/
 
Three other important Unicode specifications have been updated for Version 9.0:

UTS #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm — sorting Unicode text
    http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr10/

UTS #39, Unicode Security Mechanisms — reducing Unicode spoofing
    http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr39/

UTS #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing — compatible processing of non-ASCII URLs
    http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr46/

Some of the changes in Version 9.0 and associated Unicode technical standards and reports may require modifications in implementations. For more information, see Unicode 9.0 Migration and the migration sections of UTS #10, UTS #39, UTS #46, and UTR #51. For full details on Version 9.0, see http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode9.0.0/

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/announcing-unicode-standard-version-90.html
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Great blog post from Elastic!

We love the blog post from Elastic: https://www.elastic.co/blog/elastic-love-for-the-adopt-a-character-program-and-the-unicode-consortium

What a great idea to have all of their engineers choose and adopt a #Unicode character! Their support of Unicode and the Adopt-a-Character program is fantastic, and helps support projects like adding #Mayan characters.
http://blog.unicode.org/2015/12/unicode-launches-adopt-character.html
http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/encoding-mayan-script-your-adopt.html

Letting their people say why they chose their particular characters is icing on the 🎂.
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72 New Emoji Characters

The 72 new #emoji characters for #Unicode 9.0 are now final, and listed in Emoji Recently Added. http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html

They include 7 faces, 7 people, 7 hand gestures, 14 plants/animals, 18 food emoji, 12 sports emoji, and a few others. The corresponding documentation in UTR #51 Unicode Emoji, Version 3.0 has also been updated, with additional guidelines for implementers and the new versions of the emoji data files. These should appear on smart phones and other devices that support emoji once vendors have a chance to update them. http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/

Four of the new emoji are added to complete gender pairs. Work has already begun on the Version 4.0 of Unicode Emoji, with a focus on further enhancing gender representation, and targeted to appear in the near future. http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html

The new emoji characters will soon be available for adoption, helping support projects to improve language support. http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/encoding-mayan-script-your-adopt.html

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/72-new-emoji-characters.html
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Unicode 9.0 Paperback Available

The Unicode 9.0 core specification is now available in paperback book form with a new, original cover design. This edition consists of a pair of modestly priced print-on-demand volumes containing the complete text of the core specification of Version 9.0 of the #Unicode Standard.

Each of the two volumes is a compact 6×9 inch US trade paperback size. The two volumes may be purchased separately or together, although they are intended as a set. The cost for the pair is US $16.75, plus postage and applicable taxes. Please visit the description page to order. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unicode

Note that these volumes do not include the Version 9.0 code charts, nor do they include the Version 9.0 Standard Annexes and Unicode Character Database, which are freely available on the Unicode website.

Purchase The Unicode Standard, Version 9.0 - Core Specification:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unicode

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/09/unicode-90-paperback-available.html

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Keynote Speaker Announced for IUC 40

My Life as a Higher Level Protocol
John Hudson

After sitting in on a full day of in depth tutorials, join us Wednesday morning as we kick off our 25th year with a #keynote presentation by John Hudson, Co-Founder, Tiro Typeworks. John has spent two decades working at the messy interface between text encoding and typography, much of it making fonts for complex scripts. In his keynote presentation, he reflects on some of the messiest aspects of this work, and why, after twenty years, he's convinced that a holistic overview of text is necessary.

About IUC 40, November 1-3, 2016: For twenty-five years the Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC) has been the preeminent event highlighting the latest innovations and best practices of global and #multilingual software providers. Please join us for our 40th #conference! This year's event is being held on November 1-3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Read more: http://www.unicodeconference.org/about-iuc.htm

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/08/keynote-speaker-announced-for-iuc-40.html

http://www.tiro.com/index.html @tirotypeworks #iuc40

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Unicode Consortium Announces Cover Design

The Unicode Consortium is pleased to announce the new design selected for the cover of the forthcoming print-on-demand publication of The Unicode Standard, Version 9.0. This is the first time the #Unicode Consortium issued an open call for artists and designers to submit cover design proposals. All submitted designs were reviewed by an independent panel.

The selected artwork is an original design by Gabee Ayres, a student and teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania with a background in fine arts, design and logic. Of her design, Ms. Ayres says, “I wanted to create a cover that reflected the technology inherent in Unicode without looking impassive or unwelcoming.”

Two runner-up designs by Jiachen Hu and Laura von Husen were also selected. Jiachen Hu is a computer science student at the University of California, Berkeley. Laura von Husen earned a Master’s degree in graphic design and illustration, and currently lives in Hamburg, Germany.

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/07/unicode-consortium-announces-cover.html
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Adopt-A-Character Grant to Support Egyptian Hieroglyphs

The Adopt-a-Character program has awarded a grant to support further development of #Egyptian #hieroglyphs in the #Unicode Standard. The initial grant allows a Unicode encoding expert to participate in a meeting at the University of Cambridge on Egyptian hieroglyphs.  One meeting goal is to progress the representation of ​Unicode ​Egyptian hieroglyphs, including extending ​the repertoire. ​The meeting is hosted by the working group “Informatique et Egyptologie” of the International Association of Egyptologists, and will take place from 11-12 July, 2016.

Egyptian hieroglyphs date from the end of the fourth millennium BCE, and were used for more than 3,000 years. They represent a significant milestone in the world’s written legacy, capturing important literary, historical, and religious works.  Egyptian hieroglyphs are studied by academics and also attract interest from the general public, young and old.

In 2009, a core set of Egyptian hieroglyphs was published in Unicode 5.2. In January 2016, three new format control characters, which will aid in the layout of Egyptian hieroglyphs, were approved by the Unicode Technical Committee. The three new format characters, as well as a large preliminary proposal for additional Egyptian hieroglyphs, will be discussed at the Cambridge meeting. The Cambridge meeting is a further step in the process of improving the support of Unicode Egyptian hieroglyphs.

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/07/adopt-character-grant-to-support.html
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Unicode 9.0 Emoji Available for Adoption

The Unicode Consortium’s Adopt-a-Character program is an opportunity to permanently adopt and dedicate an #emoji, letter or any symbol on the keyboard. http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html The new Unicode 9.0 emoji are now available for adoption, including shrug, face palm, crossed fingers, bacon, and 68 others. http://unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html The funds help the consortium’s work of supporting the world’s languages in digital form.

We welcome sponsors of the new characters to join existing sponsors like Elastic in helping to further the work of the #Unicode Consortium. https://www.elastic.co/blog/elastic-love-for-the-adopt-a-character-program-and-the-unicode-consortium

The emoji charts have also been updated with these new emoji, and with new images from Messenger, EmojiOne, EmojiXpress, and others. http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/index.html Soon after Unicode 9.0 is released, the other new Unicode 9.0 characters will be available for adoption. http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode9.0.0/

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/06/unicode-90-emoji-available-for-adoption.html
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Our members develop the Unicode Standard, Unicode Locales (CLDR), and other standards. These specifications form the foundation for software internationalization in all major operating systems, search engines, applications, and the Web.