Preparing Unicode 16.0 Alpha
Because the people who previously maintained UCDXML were no longer going to be continue that going forward, UTC #177 decided on a plan to stabilize UCDXML at version 15.1. However, there was public review feedback that several projects continue to depend on UCDXML. Seeing that, John Wilcock of Microsoft volunteered to take over maintenance of UCDXML. Thus, UCDXM will be updated for Unicode 16.0 with the latest character repertoire and properties, and will continue to be maintained for future versions, as long as John is available to do that.
The Text Terminal Working Group was created by UTC in April 2023 to develop specifications for supporting Unicode in text terminal environments. After a few months, however, the chair of the group no longer had time available to chair the group. During last week’s UTC meeting, a new chair was nominated and has since been confirmed by Unicode officers: Fraser Gordon. Fraser’s work involving Unicode began many years ago, extending LiveCode to support Unicode. He is currently also active in the C++ standards committee’s Unicode Study Group (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 22/SG 16).
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