Thursday, October 5, 2023

Unicode CLDR v44 Beta available for specification review

[image] The Unicode CLDR v44 Beta is now available for specification review and integration testing. The release is planned for November 1st, but any feedback on the specification needs to be submitted well in advance of that date. The specification is available at Draft LDML Modifications. The biggest change is the new Person Names Formatting section.

The beta has already been integrated into the development version of ICU. We would especially appreciate feedback from ICU users and non-ICU consumers of CLDR data, and on Migration issues. 

Feedback can be filed at CLDR Tickets.

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.

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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