Thursday, September 14, 2023

Unicode CLDR v44 Alpha available for testing

[image] The Unicode CLDR v44 Alpha is now available for integration testing.

CLDR provides key building blocks for software to support the world's languages (dates, times, numbers, sort-order, etc.) For example, all major browsers and all modern mobile phones use CLDR for language support. (See Who uses CLDR?)

Via the online Survey Tool, contributors supply data for their languages — data that is widely used to support much of the world’s software. This data is also a factor in determining which languages are supported on mobile phones and computer operating systems.

The alpha has already been integrated into the development version of ICU. We would especially appreciate feedback from non-ICU consumers of CLDR data and on Migration issues. Feedback can be filed at CLDR Tickets.

Alpha means that the main data and charts are available for review, but the specification, JSON data, and other components are not yet ready for review. Some data may change if showstopper bugs are found. The planned schedule is:
  • Sep 27 — Beta (data)
  • Oct 04 — Beta2 (spec)
  • Nov 01 — Release
In CLDR 44, the focus is on:
  1. Formatting Person Names. Added further enhancements (data and structure) for formatting people's names. For more information on why this feature is being added and what it does, see Background.
  2. Emoji 15.1 Support. Added short names, keywords, and sort-order for the new Unicode 15.1 emoji.
  3. Unicode 15.1 additions. Made the regular additions and changes for a new release of Unicode, including names for new scripts, collation data for Han characters, etc.
  4. Digitally disadvantaged language coverage. Work began to improve DDL coverage, with the following DDL locales now having higher coverage levels:
    1. Modern: Cherokee, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian
    2. Moderate: Anii, Interlingua, Kurdish, Māori, Venetian
    3. Basic: Esperanto, Interlingue, Kangri, Kuvi, Kuvi (Devanagari), Kuvi (Odia), Kuvi (Telugu), Ligurian, Lombard, Low German, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Maltese, N’Ko, Occitan, Prussian, Silesian, Swampy Cree, Syriac, Toki Pona, Uyghur, Western Frisian, Yakut, Zhuang
There are many other changes: to find out more, see the draft CLDR v44 release page, which has information on accessing the date, reviewing charts of the changes, and — importantly — Migration issues.

In version 44, the following levels were reached:

v44 Level
Suitable for full UI internationalization
čeština, ‎Deutsch, ‎français, Kiswahili‎, Magyar‎, O‘zbek‎, Română‎‎, Tiếng Việt‎, Ελληνικά‎, Беларуская‎, ‎ᏣᎳᎩ‎, Ქართული‎, ‎Հայերեն‎, ‎עברית‎, ‎اردو‎, አማርኛ‎, ‎नेपाली‎, অসমীয়া‎, ‎বাংলা‎, ‎ਪੰਜਾਬੀ‎, ‎ગુજરાતી‎, ‎ଓଡ଼ିଆ‎, தமிழ்‎, ‎తెలుగు‎, ‎ಕನ್ನಡ‎, ‎മലയാളം‎, ‎සිංහල‎, ‎ไทย‎, ‎ລາວ‎, မြန်မာ‎, ‎ខ្មែរ‎, ‎한국어‎, 中文, 日本語‎, … ‎
Suitable for “document content” internationalization, eg. in spreadsheet
brezhoneg, ‎føroyskt, IsiXhosa, ‎sardu, чӑваш, …
Suitable for locale selection, eg. choice of language on mobile phone
asturianu, ‎Rumantsch, Māori, ‎Wolof, тоҷикӣ, ‎‎کٲشُر, ‎ትግርኛ, कॉशुर‎, ‎মৈতৈলোন্, ‎ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ, …

We are currently planning for CLDR version 45 to be a closed release with no submission period. The focus will be on improving the Survey Tool used for data submission, making necessary infrastructure changes, and some high priority data quality fixes.

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