Unicode 6.0: Support for Popular Symbols in Asia
Mountain View, CA, USA – October 11, 2010 – The
newly finalized Unicode
Version 6.0 adds 2,088 characters, with over 1,000 new symbols.
A long-awaited feature of Unicode 6.0 is the encoding of hundreds
of symbols for mobile phones. These
characters are in widespread use, especially in Japan, and have become
an essential part of text messages there and elsewhere. Unicode 6.0
now provides for data interchange between different mobile vendors and
across the internet. The symbols include symbols for many domains:
maps and transport, phases of the moon, UI symbols (such as
fast-forward) and many others–including the symbol for mobile phone
A late-breaking addition is the newly created official symbol for
the Indian rupee. "With the help of the Indian government and our
colleagues in ISO, we were able to accelerate the encoding process."
said Mark Davis, president of the Consortium. "Once computers and
mobile phones update to the new version of Unicode, people will be
able to use the rupee sign like they use $ or € now."
This October 2010 release includes the Unicode Character Database (UCD),
Unicode Standard Annexes (UAXes), and code charts. With the release of
these components, implementers are able update their software to
Unicode 6.0 without delay. The final text of the core specification
will be available in early 2011.
To access Unicode 6.0, see http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0/
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
The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of
corporations and organizations in the computer and information
processing industry. Members are: Adobe, Apple, Google, Government
of Bangladesh, Government of India, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype
Imaging, Oracle, The Society for Natural Language Technology
Research, SAP, The University of California (Berkeley), The
University of California (Santa Cruz), Yahoo!, plus well over a
hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.
For more information, please
contact the Unicode Consortium.