Monday, April 23, 2012

Unicode Version 6.1 - Complete Text of Core Specification Published

Mountain View, CA, April 23, 2012 - The Unicode® Consortium is pleased to announce the publication of the final text of the core specification for Unicode 6.1. The Unicode 6.1 core specification documents newly encoded scripts, certain conformance clarifications, and other updates and improvements to the text. In Version 6.1, the standard grew by 732 characters.

Version 6.1 of the Unicode Standard continues the Unicode Consortium's long-term commitment to support the full diversity of languages around the world. This latest version adds characters to support additional languages of China, other Asian countries, and Africa. It also addresses educational needs in the Arabic-speaking world.

This version of the Standard brings technical improvements to support implementers, particularly with improvements to property values and their aliases that enable easier programmatic use. Other improvements include line-breaking behavior of Hebrew and Japanese text and segmentation behavior of Thai, Lao, and other similar languages.

In January 2012, the other portions of Unicode 6.1 were released: the Unicode Standard Annexes, code charts, and the Unicode Character Database, to allow vendors to update their implementations of Unicode 6.1 as quickly as possible. The release of the core specification completes the definitive documentation of the Unicode Standard, Version 6.1.

For more information on all of The Unicode Standard, Version 6.1, see .

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Unicode CLDR Survey Tool now open for data submissions

April 4, 2012 — The Unicode CLDR Survey Tool is now open for data submissions for Version 22. Organizations and individuals are invited to help contribute translations to this repository.

CLDR provides key software building for the world's languages, with the largest and most extensive standard repository of locale data available. That repository is used in a wide variety of products, including most smart phones.

The survey tool ( is used to submit translations to this repository, and to vote on others’ translations. For Version 22, the survey tool has undergone substantial revision, with dramatic improvements in performance and usability.

The data submission phase is scheduled to run from now until May 30, 2012, after which the vetting stage will begin. During the vetting stage, users can vote on translations, and correct new translations, but cannot otherwise enter translations.

If you have used the survey tool in a previous release of CLDR, your login ID and

password are still active. Otherwise you will need to set up a new account; please see the account instructions (