[Unicode] Press

Unicode Consortium plans big finale for its road show

San Jose, August 6, 2002 -- The Unicode Consortium is hosting 3 conferences this year to better meet the research, education, and outreach needs of globalization and other IT industries. The last conference in the series will be held in San Jose, California Sept 9-13.

The upcoming conference has many completely new tutorials and sessions and is devoting nine sessions to its Web/Internet track. Internationalization of the latest technologies such as Web Services, XML, and style sheets are provided as well as updates on major platforms such as .NET, Mozilla, Java, Windows XP, Mac OS X, and ICU.

New features of Unicode 3.2 are explored, including advanced support for Mathematics and supplementary characters, such as those required in China. There are also sessions devoted to industry issues, such as security, support for new devices (e.g. mobile phones) and support for the languages of the growing markets of India and South Asia.

The keynote, "SVG: Vector Graphics meets Unicode" will be given by Chris Lilley, chair of the SVG Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium. SVG is the acronym for the XML-based Scalable Vector Graphics format.

The Unicode Consortium hosted conferences in Washington D.C. in January and in Dublin in May. In addition, this April the Consortium released version 3.2 of the Unicode Character Standard and both conferences allowed for detailed discussion of its contents.

Consortium President Mark Davis said "Attendees have been pleased with the mix of both basic and advanced sessions. We anticipate the upcoming September event will be the biggest of the series."

The following companies and organizations are sponsoring the conference: Agfa Monotype, Basis Technology, Microsoft, Netscape Communications, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Reuters, World Wide Web Consortium and XenCraft.

About the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard, which specifies the representation of text in modern software products and standards. The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Membership in the Unicode Consortium is open to organizations and individuals anywhere in the world who support the Unicode Standard and wish to assist in its extension and implementation. For additional information on Unicode, please visit .

Corporate Members

Adobe Systems; Apple Computer; Basis Technology; Government of India; Government of Pakistan; Hewlett-Packard; IBM; Justsystem; Microsoft; NCR; Oracle; PeopleSoft; Progress Software; Research Libraries Group (RLG); Reuters; SAP; Sun Microsystems; Sybase; Unisys.

Associate Members

Agfa Monotype; Beijing Zhong Yi Electronics; Booz, Allen, & Hamilton; China Electronic Information Technology; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Cisco Systems; Columbia University; DecoType; Endeavor Information Systems; Sony Ericsson; Ex Libris; GlobalMentor; Innovative Interfaces; Internet Mail Consortium; Language Analysis Systems; Netscape Communications; Nokia; OCLC; Openwave Systems; Optio Software; Production First Software; RWS Group; SAS Institute; SHARE; Siebel Systems; SIL International; SIRSI Corporation; Software AG; Satellite Television Asia Region; Symbian; Tamil Virtual University; Trigeminal Software; VTLS; Yet Another Society

For registration and information about the Unicode Conference program and venue, please contact the Unicode office