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Feedback on repertoire additions for ISO/IEC 10646 4th and 5th editions

The Unicode Technical Committee is soliciting feedback on pending additions to the draft repertoire of characters, to help discover any errors in character names, incorrect glyphs, or other problems. There is a short window of opportunity to review and comment on the repertoire additions in two documents.

The Unicode Standard is developed in synchrony with ISO/IEC 10646. After ISO balloting is completed on any repertoire additions, no further changes or corrections will be possible. (See http://www.unicode.org/faq/sdos.html for additional information on the stages in ISO standards development.) Advance feedback on these repertoire additions will help inform the UTC discussions about its own contribution to the ISO balloting process.

Please see the individual Public Review Issue pages for further details:
Feedback on Additional repertoire for Amendment 2 (DAM2) to ISO/IEC 10646:2014 (4th edition) http://www.unicode.org/review/pri301/
Feedback on Draft additional repertoire for ISO/IEC 10646:2016 (5th edition) http://www.unicode.org/review/pri302/
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Representing Additional Types of Flags

The UTC is considering a proposal to extend the types of flags which can be reliably represented by certain sequences of Unicode characters. In addition to the current mechanism using pairs of regional indicator symbols—already widely implemented—the proposal would use sequences of the TAG characters in the range U+E0030..U+E005A to represent other types of flags. The proposal also provides guidelines to specify valid sequences of TAG characters and how to interpret them. Full details of the proposal are provided in the background document. http://www.unicode.org/review/pri299/pri299-additional-flags-background.html

The UTC welcomes feedback on this proposed new mechanism. Feedback could consist of an indication of support or opposition to the proposal, with reasons why, or could consist of suggestions for improvement of the proposal.

For further information, please see the Public Review Issues page. http://www.unicode.org/review/
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People who were trying to stem the descent of Unicode into the represent-anything cesspool already hoisted U+1F3F3 WAVING WHITE FLAG after seeing the first batch of emojis go in.
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The conference program has just been announced for this year's Internationalization and Unicode® Conference (IUC), October 26-28 in Santa Clara, California.

This is the premier annual event covering the latest in industry standards and best practices for bringing software and Web applications to worldwide markets. The program focuses on software and Web globalization, bringing together internationalization experts, tools vendors, software implementers, and business and program managers from around the world.

For more information please see: http://www.unicodeconference.org/
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Huawei Upgrades to Full Member of the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is pleased to announce that Huawei has upgraded from associate member to a full corporate member. We look forward to their contributions to the Unicode Standard and the Common Locale data project, and are grateful for their financial support of the consortium’s work. Full members of the consortium have a vote in all technical committees, and in the governance of the consortium. For the list of members, see http://www.unicode.org/consortium/memblogo.html.

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and in 2014 was the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world.

http://blog.unicode.org/2015/04/huawei-upgrades-to-full-member-of.html
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The Unicode Technical Committee has released a list of recommendations for changes in Unicode chart glyphs and/or annotations for many emoji characters, to promote better interchange across platforms. Feedback either for or against these changes is welcome. For information about how to discuss this Public Review Issue and how to supply formal feedback, please see the feedback and discussion instructions.

http://blog.unicode.org/2015/03/emoji-glyph-and-annotation.html
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I have so questions i need help with about chinese/Japanese Unicode charters. Can I email someone?
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SwiftKey joins the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode® Consortium is pleased to announce that SwiftKey is joining the Unicode Consortium as an associate member. We look forward to their contributions to the Unicode Standard and other consortium work, which will involve helping to make data-driven decisions about which emoji ultimately make it to people's phones and other devices. As part of this decision-making process, SwiftKey will be providing the Consortium with aggregate, anonymized emoji usage data from its SwiftKey Cloud services.

For the full list of Unicode Consortium members, see http://www.unicode.org/consortium/members.html.

SwiftKey Keyboard is the keyboard app for iPhone and Android known for learning and predicting favorite words, phrases, and emoji. Founded in London in 2008, SwiftKey’s technology is now found on more than 250M devices worldwide.

For more, see SwiftKey's announcement on joining the Unicode Consortium. http://swiftkey.com/en/press-releases/swiftkey-announces-new-associate-membership-in-the-unicode-consortium/
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Announcing The Unicode® Standard, Version 8.0

Version 8.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available. It includes 41 new emoji characters (including five modifiers for diversity), 5,771 new ideographs for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, the new Georgian lari currency symbol, and 86 lowercase Cherokee syllables. It also adds letters to existing scripts to support Arwi (the Tamil language written in the Arabic script), the Ik language in Uganda, Kulango in the Côte d’Ivoire, and other languages of Africa. In total, this version adds 7,716 new characters and six new scripts.

The first version of Unicode Technical Report #51, Unicode Emoji is being released at the same time. That document describes the new emoji characters. It provides design guidelines and data for improving emoji interoperability across platforms, gives background information about emoji symbols, and describes how they are selected for inclusion in the Unicode Standard. The data is used to support emoji characters in implementations, specifying which symbols are commonly displayed as emoji, how the new skin-tone modifiers work, and how composite emoji can be formed with joiners. The Unicode website now supplies charts of emoji characters, showing vendor variations and providing other useful information.

For more information see: http://blog.unicode.org/2015/06/announcing-unicode-standard-version-80.html
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See http://unicode.org/reports/tr51/#Rights_to_Emoji_Images. You'll have to find out yourself if any particular color image is also available for commercial use.
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Unicode 9.0 Candidate Emoji

The Unicode Consortium has accepted 38 emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 9.0, scheduled for release in mid-2016. At this point, these emoji are candidates—not yet finalized—so some may be removed from the candidate list, and others may be added. Names, images, and code points may also change, so these candidates are not yet ready for use in production systems.

For further details, please see the Unicode Blog:
http://blog.unicode.org/…/05/unicode-90-candidate-emoji.html
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