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Be a Part of IUC 41! Call for Participation

The Internationalization and #Unicode Conference® (IUC) is the annual conference of the Unicode Consortium where experts and industry leaders gather to map the future of internationalization, ignite new ideas and present the latest in technologies and best practices for creation, management, and testing of global, web, and multilingual software solutions.

Join in with other industry leaders to present your ideas and solutions at the 41st Internationalization & Unicode Conference (#IUC 41) in Santa Clara, California, October 16-18, 2017.

Please submit your proposals for presentations or tutorials by Friday, March 24, 2017. Topics can include case studies, best practices, innovative technology, or evolving standards.

Full details and information about how to submit an abstract can be found on the IUC 41 Call for Participation page.

http://www.unicodeconference.org/call-for-participation.htm



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Proposed update of UTS #46, for Unicode domain names

UTS #46 “Unicode #IDNA Compatibility Processing” is used by many applications to support internationalized domain names with non-English characters. The proposed update to Version 10.0 regenerates the UTS #46 data files based on new additions to the Unicode repertoire, and adds three new parameters for processing: CheckHyphens, CheckBidi, and CheckJoiners. These parameters allow implementations to reflect current practice in browsers. The note about the use of #IDNA2008 now includes the number of “missing” IDNA2008 characters (26,568), and is reworded for clarity.
http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr46/tr46-18.html

There are two review notes requesting feedback on the use of Joiner characters.

For details and information about how to provide feedback, please see Public Review Issue #347.
http://www.unicode.org/review/pri347/

http://blog.unicode.org/2017/02/proposed-update-of-uts-46-for-unicode.html


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Unicode Locale Data v31α available for testing

The Alpha version of Unicode #CLDR version 31 is available for testing. The beta v31 will contain updates to the #LDML spec and should be available on March 1, with the release of v31 planned for March 15.

CLDR 31 provides an update to the key building blocks for software supporting the world's languages. This data is used by all major software systems for their software internationalization and localization, adapting software to the conventions of different languages for such common software tasks.

Aside from the regular updates to codes and data, some of the more noticeable changes are explained in this related blog posting:

http://blog.unicode.org/2017/02/unicode-locale-data-v31-available-for.html

This release did not have a data-submission cycle, so the changes reflect cleanup and bug fixes. For more details, and important notes for smoothly migrating implementations, see Unicode CLDR Version 31. If you find a problem, please file a ticket.
http://cldr.unicode.org/index/downloads/cldr-31
http://unicode.org/cldr/trac/newticket

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New Unicode Character Property EquivalentUnifiedIdeograph

A new character #property EquivalentUnifiedIdeograph is proposed for addition to #Unicode 10.0. This property associates (where possible) the 365 characters in the CJK Radicals Supplement, #Kangxi Radicals, and #CJK Strokes blocks to an appropriate CJK Unified Ideograph.

For details of the proposal and information about how to provide feedback, please see Public Review Isue #344

http://www.unicode.org/review/pri344/

http://blog.unicode.org/2017/01/new-unicode-character-property.html

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Adopt-A-Character Grant to Support Indic Scripts

The Adopt-a-Character program has awarded a grant to support further development of the following four #Indic scripts in the #Unicode Standard:

* Hanifi Rohingya, a script in current use in Myanmar and Bangladesh

* Nandinagari, a Brahmi-based historic #script formerly used in South India

* Old Sogdian, a group of historic scripts formerly used in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Western China

* Sogdian, derived from Old Sogdian, a group of historic scripts formerly used in Central Asia

The goal of this grant is to enable the development of encoding proposals that can be included in the Unicode Standard. The work will be done by Anshuman Pandey under the direction of Deborah Anderson (SEI, UC Berkeley) and Rick McGowan (Unicode Consortium).

http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/12/adopt-character-grant-to-support-indic.html

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Proposed Update UTR #51, Unicode Emoji (Version 5.0)

A proposed update of UTR #51, #Unicode #Emoji (Version 5.0) is available for public review and feedback. http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/tr51-10.html This new version adds a mechanism to support regional #flags, such as Scotland or California, though the choice of which of these flags to support is left to vendors.

Associated #charts are available at http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts-beta/index.html, and associated data files are available at http://www.unicode.org/Public/emoji/5.0/ . This proposed update also has a separate data file for the valid #emoji presentation sequences, and reflects a small change in the ordering of SELFIE. The charts also add the newest Apple and Facebook emoji.

At this time, the proposed update does not add any additional recommended #emoji zwj sequences, nor reclassify any existing Unicode 9.0 characters as emoji. There are proposals for doing so that will be reviewed in the next Unicode Technical Committee meeting.

The #review period for the proposed update ends on January 16, 2017. For further information and instructions on how to provide feedback, please see Public Review Issue #343. http://www.unicode.org/review/pri343/

This holiday season you can give a unique gift by adopting any emoji, letter, or symbol — and help support the Unicode Consortium’s mission to enable all languages to be used on computers. You can now adopt Unicode 9.0 characters and the Emoji 4.0 emoji sequences (such as woman astronaut or rockstar). ​​See the Adopt-a-Character Page. http://www.unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/12/proposed-update-utr-51-unicode-emoji.html


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Support Unicode with an Adopt-a-Character Gift this Holiday Season!

This #holiday season you can give a unique gift by adopting any #emoji, letter, or symbol — and help support the #Unicode Consortium’s mission to enable all languages to be used on computers. ​Three levels of sponsorship​ are available​, starting at $100. With over 128,000 characters to choose from, you are certain to find an appropriate character, for even the most demanding recipient. All sponsors will receive a custom digital badge featuring the adopted character for use on the web and elsewhere. Sponsors at the two highest levels will receive a special thank-you gift engraved with the name you supply and the adopted character.

The program funds work on “digitally disadvantaged” languages, both modern and historic. In 2016 the program awarded a grant to support work on a proposal for the Hanifi Rohingya script. The program has also funded work on Egyptian hieroglyphs and Mayan hieroglyphs.

In its first year, the Adopt-a-Character program has had nearly 400 sponsors. Be part of the next wave, with a worthwhile gift!

For more information on the program, or to adopt a character, see the Adopt-a-Character Page.

http://www.unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html

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113 new #emoji are now available in UTR #51 Unicode Emoji, Version 4.0. http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/ The main focus of this 4.0 release is further enhancing gender representation and professions. These new emoji are already appearing on smart phones and other devices and platforms that support emoji. See the full list in Emoji Recently Added. http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html

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

Unlike the 72 emoji characters added to Unicode 9.0 in June, these are not new Unicode characters. Most of these new emoji are sequences of existing emoji, “glued together” with a special invisible character so that they appear and behave like a single character. This glue character is called a ZWJ, pronounced “zwidge” or /zwɪdʒ/. Three existing Unicode 9.0 characters (gender and medical symbols) were changed to qualify as emoji, for use in those ZWJ sequences.

Two of the new sequences are flags, 10 are family groupings (such as mother with daughter), 32 are new professions/roles (such as man or woman astronaut), and 66 are explicit-gendered variants (such as man or woman running). 99 of these sequences, plus 5 other characters (such as snowboarder), can also now have the 5 skin tone modifiers.
The technical documentation has also been updated, with additional guidelines for implementers and the new versions of the emoji data files for use in programs.


http://blog.unicode.org/2016/11/113-new-unicode-emoji-plus-skin-tones.html

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Proposed Update UTS #37, Unicode Ideographic Variation Database

The #Unicode Consortium has posted a new issue for public review and comment.

UTS #37, Unicode Ideographic Variation Database, is being updated to broaden the scope of base character, from characters with the Unified_Ideograph property to characters with the Ideographic property, excluding characters that canonically or compatibly decompose. The substantive changes can be found in Section 2, Description. This proposed update is currently under review with a closing date of 2017-01-16. For more information, please see Public Review Issue #337. http://www.unicode.org/review/pri337/ #ivd #ideograph

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/11/proposed-update-uts-37-unicode.html


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ICU 58 Released

Unicode® ICU version 58 has just been released! #ICU is the main avenue for many software products and libraries to support the world's languages, implementing both the latest version of the #Unicode encoding standard and of the Unicode locale data (#CLDR).

ICU 58 provides full support for the recent Unicode 9.0 release with 7,500 new characters and many property improvements. It covers the Unicode 9.0 emoji characters — plus the latest draft version of Emoji 4.0 — for a total of 2,444 emoji characters and sequences, including the new ZWJ sequences for gendered professions; ICU word & line breaking is updated for Emoji 4.0. ICU 58 incorporates the latest version 30 of Unicode CLDR locale data with a significant increase in data coverage.

There are a number of new APIs, including ones for measurement system unit display names (such as “acre” or “Hektar” in 80 languages), and improvements in performance and robustness. For Java, the unit tests are converted to JUnit, for easier and faster integration into test suites.

For details please see http://site.icu-project.org/download/58

http://blog.unicode.org/2016/10/icu-58-released.html


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