Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Unicode Technical Committee Considers Emoji Color Mechanism

blackcat-whitewine image The Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) is discussing a mechanism for color changes to existing emoji characters. Such a mechanism could be used for emoji representations of a black cat or a glass of white wine, for example. The color mechanism would use the emoji color characters (including the seven colored square characters at U+1F7E6..U+1F7EB) that were added to the Unicode Standard Version 12.0 in early 2019.

Emoji color mechanisms could potentially be defined as part of Unicode Emoji 13.0. The topic will be discussed at the upcoming July UTC meeting. Specific proposals for new colored emoji characters will not be taken up until the fundamental color mechanism has been established.

For more information, see the Working Draft for Proposed Update UTS #51: Unicode Emoji, section 2.9 “Color”.

The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smart phones—plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.). The Unicode Standard and its associated standards and data form the foundation for CLDR and ICU releases.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Unicode 12.0 Paperback Available

Unicode 12.0 POD image The Unicode 12.0 core specification is now available in paperback book form with a new, original cover design by Monica Tang. This edition consists of a pair of modestly priced print-on-demand volumes containing the complete text of the core specification of Version 12.0 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 $23.46, plus shipping and taxes (if applicable). Please visit the description page to order.

Note that these volumes do not include the Version 12.0 code charts, nor do they include the Version 12.0 Standard Annexes and Unicode Character Database, which are all freely available on the Unicode website.

Purchase The Unicode Standard, Version 12.0 - Core Specification


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Unicode Adlam Chart Font Updated

Adlam chart image The Unicode Consortium has recently updated the current code charts for the Adlam script specifically to provide improved reference glyphs that align with current community practice. The new font is an updated Ebrima font, with the update coordinated by Judy Safran-Aasen and the font designed by Jamra Patel.

The new Adlam code chart can be viewed along with all of the current code charts.

The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smart phones—plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.). The Unicode Standard and its associated standards and data form the foundation for CLDR and ICU releases.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

CLDR v36 open for data submission

The Unicode CLDR Technical Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the CLDR Survey Tool for general data submission. CLDR relies on community contributions for its ongoing data refinement and to offer new data to the CLDR user community. The collected data will be released as Version 36 on October 15.

Unicode CLDR provides key building blocks for software to support the world's languages, and is used by much of the world’s software — for example, all major browsers and all modern mobile phones use CLDR for language support.

Version 36 is focusing on:
  • New measurement units and patterns
  • New names and search keywords for the draft candidate emoji for Emoji 13.0 (scheduled for release in 2020Q1)
  • Adding more locales for data contributions
  • Fleshing out Islamic calendar support
  • Improving translation quality in general
For more information on contributing to CLDR, see the CLDR Information Hub. If you would like to contribute missing data for your language, see Survey Tool Accounts.

The Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) provides key building blocks for software to support the world's languages, with the largest and most extensive standard repository of locale data available. This data is used by a wide spectrum of companies for their software internationalization and localization, adapting software to the conventions of different languages for such common software tasks as:
  • Locale-specific patterns for formatting and parsing: dates, times, timezones, numbers and currency values, measurement units,…
  • Translations of names: languages, scripts, countries and regions, currencies, eras, months, weekdays, day periods, time zones, cities, and time units, emoji characters and sequences (and search keywords),…
  • Language & script information: characters used; plural cases; gender of lists; capitalization; rules for sorting & searching; writing direction; transliteration rules; rules for spelling out numbers; rules for segmenting text into graphemes, words, and sentences; keyboard layouts;…
  • Country information: language usage, currency information, calendar preference, week conventions,…
  • Validity: Definitions, aliases, and validity information for Unicode locales, languages, scripts, regions, and extensions,…



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Monday, May 13, 2019

IUC 43 Program Announced


Join Us At IUC 43!

Trained, Tested, Trusted: Understand best practices in process and among teams reliably delivering high quality global products. Examine how developers build, test, and deploy great global products. Explore technologies for design, localization, multilingual testing, workflow management, and content management.

Expert practitioners and industry leaders present detailed recommendations for businesses looking to expand to new international markets and those seeking to improve time to market and cost-efficiency of supporting existing markets. Recent conferences have provided specific advice on designing software for European countries, Latin America, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, and emerging markets.

For over 28 years the Internationalization & Unicode® Conference (IUC) has been the preeminent event highlighting the latest innovations and best practices of global and multilingual software providers. Join us in Santa Clara to promote your ideas and experiences working with natural languages, multicultural user interfaces, producing and supporting multinational and multilingual products, linguistic algorithms, applying internationalization across mobile and social media platforms, or advancements in relevant standards.

Track and Session Topics to Include:
  • Automation
  • Emojis
  • Internationalization
  • Programming
  • Case Studies
  • ICU/CLDR
  • Localization
  • Scripts

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