Unicode Version 5.0 Pre-orders Now Accepted
Mountain View, CA, September 18, 2006 -- The Unicode® Consortium
announces that pre-orders of the long-awaited Version 5.0 of the
Unicode Standard can be made now through the Unicode Consortium's
website. As a special introductory offer, The Unicode Guide -- the
handy tri-fold developer's reference guide -- will be included with
the Version 5.0 book at a combined price of $40.00 for both. This
offer will expire on October 15, 2006.
Published in a lighter, smaller size, Version 5.0 also includes for the first time the Unicode
Standard Annexes, which specify key processes for ensuring reliable text interchange between programs
and on the web.
Based on fifteen years of experience, this new version is a major
update which supersedes and obsoletes all previous versions of the
standard. It has hundreds of pages of new material and hundreds more of
revised material, including significant revisions to text, figures, tables, definitions, and conformance
clauses – improving clarity and providing practical guidance.
"Hardcopy versions of the Unicode Standard
have been among the most crucial and most-heavily used reference
books in my personal library for years," said Donald E. Knuth, Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming,
Stanford University. "Unicode allows
me to celebrate the fact that computer science is a vast worldwide
collaboration." For more acclaim from industry notables, see
Unicode Version 5.0 has become the basis for Microsoft's Vista
generation of operating systems, and is included in upgrade plans for Google, Yahoo!, and ICU, to name but a few. This comprehensive and official Unicode reference manual is the one book all developers using Unicode
See the Unicode Consortium's website at
for all the details.
The latest features of Unicode Version 5.0 will be showcased at the
Internationalization and Unicode Conference
(IUC) from November 17-19, 2006 in Washington, D.C.
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
The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of
corporations and organizations in the computer and information
processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, Apple
Computer, Basis Technology, Denic e.G., Google, Government of India, Government of Pakistan, HP, IBM, Justsystems, Microsoft,
Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The
University of California at Berkeley, Yahoo! plus well over a
hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.
For more information, please
contact the Unicode Consortium.