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Unicode Announces Start of Submission Period for Common Locale Data Repository, Version 1.5

Mountain View, CA, March 12, 2007 -- The Unicode® Consortium today announced the start of data submission for the next release of the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR), Version 1.5. The Unicode CLDR is the largest and most extensive standard repository of locale data in the industry today; it is completely based on Unicode and conformant to the latest version of the Unicode Standard, Unicode 5.0.

The Unicode CLDR is widely used by companies such as Adobe, Apple, Google, IBM, and Sun, and organizations such as openoffice.org; it provides key building blocks for software to seamlessly support the world's languages.

During the data submission period, from March 12th to April 29th, 2007, contributors from Unicode Consortium members, other organizations and the public at large are invited to review the data for their languages and locations, and propose new translations of terms or modifications, including language translations entirely new to the repository. New structure has been added to the repository to improve representation of time zones, ranges of dates and the usage of languages.

The data can be viewed using the online tool found at http://unicode.org/cldr/survey_tool.html. This tool has been substantially enhanced for this release and a forum has been added to allow communication between translators.

For more information about the Unicode CLDR project, see http://www.unicode.org/cldr/.  For more information about the Unicode Standard and the latest Version 5.0, see http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode5.0.0/.

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 globalization standards. The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry: Adobe Systems, Apple, Basis Technology, Denic e.G., Google, Government of India - Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan - National Language Authority, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, 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 http://www.unicode.org/.