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The Unicode Consortium enables people around the world to use computers in any language.
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Unicode® ICU 63 has just been released. It updates to CLDR 34 locale data with many additions and corrections, and some new languages. ICU adds an API for number and currency range formatting, and an API for additional Unicode properties and for constructing custom properties. #CLDR and #ICU include data for testing readiness for the upcoming Japanese calendar era.

For details please see http://site.icu-project.org/download/63

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CLDR Version 34 Language/Locale Data Released

Version 34 is the latest version of #CLDR, the core open-source language data that major software systems use to adapt software to the conventions of over 80 different languages. CLDR data is used by many products for #Unicode and language support, including Android, Cloudant, Chrome OS, Db2, iOS, macOS, Windows, and many others.

For full details, please see the release page:
http://cldr.unicode.org/index/downloads/cldr-34
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Unicode Board of Directors Election Results

The Unicode Consortium announces the election of four #Directors for three year terms beginning January 2019: Bob Jung, Iris Orriss, Alolita Sharma, and Greg Welch. A fifth candidate, Michele Coady, was elected for a one year term.

Michel Coady and Iris Orriss join the Consortium Board of Directors for the first time. Bob Jung, Alolita Sharma, and Greg Welch have been re-elected to continue their service as Directors.

The Unicode Consortium would like to thank Dachuan Zhang who will step down in 2019 after four years as a member of the Board of Directors.

For details please see the full announcement:
http://blog.unicode.org/2018/10/unicode-board-of-directors-election.html
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The Unicode Consortium would like to welcome a new Technical Director, Dr. Ken Lunde.

Ken Lunde has worked at #Adobe since 1991, specializing in CJKV Type Development, meaning that he develops East Asian #fonts, along with the specifications on which they are based. He architected the Adobe-branded “Source Han” and Google-branded “Noto CJK” open source Pan-CJK typeface families that were released in 2014 and 2017, is the author of “CJKV Information Processing” Second Edition that was published by O’Reilly Media at the end of 2008, and frequently publishes articles on Adobe’s CJK Type Blog. Ken holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in linguistics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ken has been Adobe’s representative to Unicode since 2006, has been the primary representative since 2015, serves as the IVD Registrar, participates in the Unicode Editorial Committee, and received the 2018 Unicode Bulldog Award.

http://blog.unicode.org/2018/10/new-unicode-technical-director.html

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The alpha version of Unicode #CLDR 34 is available for testing. The alpha period lasts until the beta release on September 26, which will include updates to the LDML spec. The final release is expected on October 10.

For details please see the full announcement:
http://blog.unicode.org/2018/09/unicode-cldr-34-alpha-available-for.html
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IUC 42: Keynote Speaker Announced

“The Advent of Mayan Script Encoding: Mapping the Last Frontiers of Mayan Hieroglyphic Decipherment”, Carlos Pallan Gayol, Archaeologist & Epigrapher, Dept. of Old American Studies & Ethnology, University of Bonn

Mayan hieroglyphs rank among the most visually complex writing systems ever created. Deciphering them has entailed a 200+ year scholarly quest, but this task is not yet completed and posits an inviting challenge for applying new tools from the information-age, culminating in Mayan script encoding. Join us Tuesday morning, September 11th, as this keynote highlights the latest milestones attained in this pursuit by the NcodeX Project

For full details, please see the IUC 42 conference program:
http://www.unicodeconference.org/program.htm

http://blog.unicode.org/2018/08/iuc-42-keynote-speaker-announced.html

#iuc42 #mayan #keynote
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More Emoji Draft Candidates for 2019

There are now 179 proposed Emoji Draft Candidates (61 characters plus variants) for 2019. These are the short-listed candidates for #Emoji 12.0, which is planned for release in 2019Q1 together with #Unicode 12.0.

For full details, please see the announcement:
http://blog.unicode.org/2018/08/more-emoji-draft-candidates-for-2019.html
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ICU moves to GitHub and Jira

International Components for Unicode (#ICU) is a mature, widely used set of C/C++ and Java libraries providing #Unicode and #Globalization support for software applications. ICU is widely portable and gives applications the same results on all platforms and between C/C++ and Java software.

As of this week, ICU has moved from a self-hosted source code and bug tracking environment, to git on #GitHub and #Jira on Atlassian Cloud, respectively. Pull requests are welcome, as are bug reports on the new issue tracking system.

For more information, please see the following links:
ICU Repository Access: http://site.icu-project.org/repository
ICU Bug Tracking: http://site.icu-project.org/bugs

http://blog.unicode.org/2018/07/icu-moves-to-github-and-jira.html
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Unicode 11.0 Paperback Available

The #Unicode 11.0 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 11.0 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 $16.58, plus postage and applicable taxes. Please visit the description page to order.

Note that these volumes do not include the Version 11.0 code charts, nor do they include the Version 11.0 Standard Annexes and Unicode Character Database, which are all freely available on the Unicode website.

Purchase The Unicode Standard, Version 11.0 - Core Specification:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unicode
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Unicode Consortium Announces Version 11.0 and Version 12.0 Cover Designs

The Unicode Consortium is pleased to announce the #design selected for the
cover of the forthcoming print-on-demand publication of The Unicode Standard,
Version 11.0. The #Unicode Consortium issued an open call for artists and
designers to submit #cover design proposals. An independent panel reviewed all
submitted designs. Because of the accelerated release schedule for Version 12.0
(March 2019), the design for the #print-on-demand publication of The Unicode
Standard, Version 12.0 was also selected at this time.

For details, please see the announcement:
http://blog.unicode.org/2018/07/unicode-consortium-announces-version.html
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