Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Unicode Emoji 12.0 — final for 2019

emoji 12 image Emoji 12.0 data has been released, with 59 new emoji such as:

mechanical arm image
mechanical arm
deaf person image
deaf person
people holding hands image
people holding hands
otter image
waffle image
ice cube image
ice cube
ringed planet image
ringed planet
drop of blood image
drop of blood

With 171 variants for gender and skin tone, this makes a total of 230 emoji including variants, such as:

The new emoji are listed in Emoji Recently Added v12.0, with sample images. These images are just samples: vendors for mobile phones, PCs, and web platforms will typically use images that fit their overall emoji designs. In particular, the Emoji Ordering v12.0 chart shows how the new emoji sort compared to the others, with new emoji marked with rounded-rectangles. The other Emoji Charts for Version 12.0 have been updated to show the emoji.

The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in September/October — some platforms may release them earlier. The new emoji will soon be available for adoption to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.

For implementers:
  1. The new Emoji 12.0 set includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the release of Unicode 12.0, scheduled for March 5.
  2. The emoji specification (UTS #51) has additional guidelines on gender and skin tone, and other clarifications. The definitions in UTS #51 and data files and have been enhanced to be more consistent and useful. For details, see Modifications
  3. The people holding hands emoji now have four combinations of gender and all the various combinations of skin tones, for a total of 71 new variants. Implementations may optionally support skin-tone combinations for other multi-person emoji.
  4. The CLDR names and search keywords for the new emoji characters in over 80 languages, and the sort order for emoji, will be finalized by the end of March with the release of CLDR v35.

Over 130,000 characters are available for adoption, to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Membership Fee Changes

The Unicode Consortium is announcing changes to membership fees and categories. These changes include both the addition of a new membership category as well as a periodic adjustment of membership fees for inflation. These fee changes put the Consortium in a stronger position to continue its mission to enable people around the world to use computers in any language by providing freely-available specifications and data. Note also that a new category for Supporting, non-profit has been created. All other existing non-profit and individual memberships will have no change.

As of June 1, 2019, the annual membership fee will change as described in the following table:

Membership Levels Current Fee New Fee
Full $18,000 $21,000
Institutional, governmental $12,000 $14,000
Supporting, for-profit organization $7,500 $8,750
Supporting, non-profit organization N/A $5,000
Associate, for-profit organization $2,500 $2,900

Existing members may renew their membership early at the current fee if they renew by May 31, 2019.

The Consortium continues to offer a multi-year discount option for all membership levels, when renewal fees are paid in advance:
  • 10 years, 20% discount
  • 5 years, 10% discount
  • 3 years, 6% discount
The Consortium also offers lifetime memberships to individual members. For further information please contact the Unicode office.


Over 130,000 characters are available for adoption, to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Unicode Board of Directors Election Results

BrandallThe Unicode Consortium announces the election of director Tim Brandall for a one year term beginning January 2019. Michele Coady has decided to retire.

Tim has over 19 years of experience in the globalization industry, working in an internationalization capacity for companies like Apple, Vivendi Universal, and most recently Netflix. He has built and lead the internationalization team at Netflix for over 6 years, taking the Netflix product from a US only service to a truly global product available in 190 countries and 27 languages. Much of his work at Netflix has revolved around innovation to support globalization at scale. Tim has a software engineering background, holding a degree in Computer Science.

For the listing of current directors and officers of the Consortium please see Unicode Directors, Officers and Staff.


Over 130,000 characters are available for adoption, to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Support Unicode with an Adopt-a-Character Gift this Holiday Season!

party hat emoji This holiday season you can give a unique gift by adopting any emoji, letter, or symbol — and help support the Unicode Consortium’s mission to enable all languages to be used on computers. Three levels of sponsorship are available​, starting at $100. With over 130,000 characters to choose from, you are certain to find an appropriate character, for even the most demanding recipient. All sponsors will receive a custom digital badge featuring the adopted character for use on the web and elsewhere. Sponsors at the two highest levels will receive a special thank-you gift engraved with the name you supply and the adopted character.

The program funds work on “digitally disadvantaged” languages, both modern and historic. In 2018 the program awarded grants to support work on improved keyboard layouts, additional work on Mayan hieroglyphs, and more historic Indic scripts, among others.

To date, the Adopt-a-Character program has had over 500 sponsors. Be part of the next wave, with a worthwhile gift!

For more information on the program, or to adopt a character, see the Adopt-a-Character Page.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Unicode 12.0 Beta Review

U12 beta image The beta review period for Unicode 12.0 has started. The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smart phones—plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.). The Unicode Standard, its associated standards, and data form the foundation for CLDR and ICU releases. Thus it is important to ensure a smooth transition to each new version of the standard.

Unicode 12.0 includes a number of changes and 554 new characters. Some of the Unicode Standard Annexes have modifications for Unicode 12.0, often in coordination with changes to character properties. In particular, there are minor changes to UAX #29, Unicode Text Segmentation, to account for differences in Georgian casing behavior. Four new scripts have been added in Unicode 12.0. There are also 61 additional emoji characters, as well as very significant enhancements to the representation and behavior of multiperson emoji.

Please review the documentation, adjust your code, test the data files, and report errors and other issues to the Unicode Consortium by January 7, 2019. Feedback instructions are on the beta page.

See http://unicode.org/versions/beta-12.0.0.html for more information about testing the 12.0.0 beta.

See http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode12.0.0/ for the current draft summary of Unicode 12.0.0.

About the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard and related globalization standards.

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations, many in the computer and information processing industry. Members include: Adobe, Apple, Emojipedia, Facebook, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Netflix, Sultanate of Oman MARA, Oracle, SAP, Shopify, Tamil Virtual University, The University of California (Berkeley), plus well over a hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members. For a complete member list go to http://www.unicode.org/consortium/members.html.

Over 130,000 characters are available for adoption, to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.