Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Unicode Candidate Emoji

The Unicode Consortium has accepted 5 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 10.0, scheduled for release in mid-2017. These 5 new emoji candidates are listed on the Emoji Candidates page, together with the 74 candidates for Unicode 9.0. These join thousands of non-emoji candidate characters for Unicode 10.0.

Candidate characters for Unicode are 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. Other prospective emoji characters are still being assessed and could be approved as candidates in the future.

Proposals for new emoji characters can be submitted at Submitting Emoji Character Proposals, which also explains the selection factors used to assess new emoji proposals, the process, and the timeline.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Proposal to Remove Some Hira/Kata From Script_Extensions

The Script_Extensions property values for some characters contain Hiragana, Katakana, or Bopomofo, when they should only contain Han. The Unicode Technical Committee is considering removing the Hiragana, Katakana, or Bopomofo in these cases, and would like feedback as to any that should not be changed, and any others that should be. Public Review Issue #316 contains details of a proposal to remove these items from Script_Extensions.

For information about how to discuss this Public Review Issue and how to supply formal feedback, please see the feedback and discussion instructions.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Proposed Update UAX #9, Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm

A new proposed update of UAX #9, Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm for the Unicode 9.0 release is now available for public review and comment.

The table in Section 2.7, Markup and Formatting, has been updated to reflect changes to isolates in HTML5 and CSS.

For further information and instructions on how to leave feedback, please see Public Review Issue #315.

Proposed Update UAX #45, U-Source Ideographs

A new proposed update of UAX #45, U-Source Ideographs for the Unicode 9.0 release is now available for public review and comment.

Many updates and additions have been made to the USourceData.txt and the accompanying list of glyphs for all the U-Source ideographs, USourceGlyphs.pdf. For the latest versions of the source data and glyph files for review, see the versioned files posted in the Unicode 9.0 UCD data file review directory.

For further information and instructions on how to leave feedback, please see Public Review Issue #314.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Proposed Update UTS #39, Unicode Security Mechanisms

A new proposed update of UTS #39, Unicode Security Mechanisms is now available for public review and comment.

The proposed update of this Unicode Technical Standard includes new material for email security profiles and text about the use of Script_Extensions. The data file confusablesWholeScript.txt has been withdrawn, because in practice the process of derivation of whole script confusables depends on the particular set of characters supported by an application. The use of a data file is replaced by a logical process of deriving the whole-script confusables data based on the set of supported characters.

For further information and instructions on how to leave feedback, please see Public Review Issue #313.