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Unicode Releases
Common Locale Data Repository, Version 1.6

Mountain View, CA, July 2, 2008 - The Unicode® Consortium announced today the release of the new version of the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (Unicode CLDR 1.6), providing key building blocks for software to support the world's languages. Unicode CLDR is by far the largest and most extensive standard repository of locale data. This data is used by a wide spectrum of companies for their software internationalization and localization: adapting software to the conventions of different languages for such common software tasks as formatting of dates, times, time zones, numbers, and currency values; sorting text; choosing languages or countries by name; transliterating different alphabets; and many others.

CLDR 1.6 contains data for 137 languages and 140 territories: 374 locales in all. Version 1.6 of the repository contains over 32% more locale data than the previous release,  with nearly 24,000 new or modified data items entered by over 220 different contributors.

Major contributors to CLDR 1.6 include Adobe, Apple, Google, IBM, and Sun, plus official representatives from a number of countries. Many other organizations and volunteers around the globe, including Gnome, Kotoistus, LISA, OpenOffice, and Utilika, have also made important contributions. The data for CLDR is gathered through the CLDR survey tool, which allows organizations and volunteers to contribute, compare, and vet locale data. For web pages with different views of CLDR data, see http://unicode.org/cldr/charts.html.

Unicode CLDR 1.6 is part of the Unicode locale data project, together with the Unicode Locale Data Markup Language (LDML: http://unicode.org/reports/tr35/). LDML is an XML format used for general interchange of locale data, such as in Microsoft's .NET. Major new features of Unicode LDML 1.6 include:

  • Plural rules (such as the 4 forms for Russian).
  • Plural forms of currencies and date/time durations ("1 hour" vs "2 hours")
  • Interval formats for a concise representation of a range of two dates or times ("Jan 10-12, 2008").
  • Telephone codes for different countries.
  • Clarified fallback process for resource bundle lookup and resource item lookup.
  • Explicit definition of Unicode locale and language identifiers.
  • Many other clarifications and corrections.

For more information about the Unicode CLDR project (including charts) see http://unicode.org/cldr/. The latest features of CLDR will also be showcased at the 32st Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC) on September 8-10, 2008 in San Jose, CA see http://unicodeconference.org/.

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 eG, Google, Government of India, Government of Pakistan, Government of Tamil Nadu, HP, IBM, JustSystems, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, NetApp, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, UC Berkeley, Yahoo!, plus well over a hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium (http://unicode.org/).