Unicode Version 16.0 adds 5,187 new characters, bringing the total number of characters to 155,000. The most significant addition for this release is 3,995 additional Egyptian Hieroglyph characters. There are also seven new scripts and many new symbols. See The Pipeline and the delta code charts for details.
In addition, new “Moji Jōhō Kiban” (文字情報基盤) Japanese source references will be added for over 36,000 CJK unified ideographs. This will be reflected in the code charts for virtually all CJK unified ideograph blocks by additional representative glyphs in the “J” column.
Unicode Emoji 16.0 will include eight new emoji—see PRI #498 Unicode Emoji 16.0 Alpha Candidates.
Some of the new scripts in Unicode 16.0 (Kirat Rai, Tulu-Tigalari, Gurung Khema) include characters that have normalization behavior not seen in earlier versions, which could affect optimized implementations of Unicode normalization, and implementations using “quick check” properties. The relevant data files are available as part of the Unicode 16.0 alpha to allow early review.
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