Thursday, May 31, 2012

Unicode sessions at Localization World Paris

On Monday, 4 June, noted experts Richard Ishida (W3C) and Addison Phillips (Lab126) have teamed up to present a full day of sessions on Unicode.

In the morning, Richard Ishida will present “An Introduction to Writing Systems and Unicode”, a tutorial that will introduce the basic functioning of Unicode in dealing with non-Latin writing systems. It is an excellent orientation for people new to these concepts, but it also offers content for people at intermediate and advanced levels due to the breadth of scripts discussed.

In the afternoon, Addison will present "Internationalization: An Introduction", a two-part tutorial covering:

• What is internationalization?
• What is Unicode? Implementing and using the standard.
• How do you prepare software localization and translation?

Finally, Richard and Addison will present " Towards the Promised Land: Globalization Developments in Web Standards", which surveys current developments at the W3C.

You may register for any or all of these sessions via where you will see the sessions in the preconference day.

This is an opportunity to get a taste of the Unicode conference to be held in California on the following October 22-24, and see how the people on your staff can benefit from a deeper knowledge of Unicode and internationalization.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Unicode 6.1 Paperback Available

Unicode 6.1, Core Specification is now available as paperback book.

Responding to requests, the editorial committee has created a modestly-priced print-on-demand volume that contains the complete text of the core specification of Version 6.1 of the Unicode Standard. This 692-page volume may be purchased from for $15.96, plus shipping.

Note that this volume does not include the Version 6.1 code charts, nor does it include the Version 6.1 Standard Annexes and Unicode Character Database, all of which are available only on the Unicode website, .

Purchase The Unicode Standard, Version 6.1 - Core Specification.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

In March of this year, the Central Bank of Turkey announced the adoption of a new currency symbol for the Turkish lira. Public use of the new currency symbol  has already been adopted within Turkey.

Recognizing the urgent need to support the new currency symbol in information systems, the Unicode Consortium has scheduled its next release, Unicode 6.2, for the third quarter of 2012. That release will include the new character, U+20BA TURKISH LIRA SIGN.

Additional information regarding the new Turkish lira sign is available from the Central Bank of Turkey: