[Unicode] Press

Unicode announces new membership level

Mountain View, CA, July 23, 2004 - The Unicode® Consortium announced today a restructuring of its membership levels, to provide smaller companies with an enhanced opportunity to actively participate in the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard.

A new class of membership called Small Business Membership (SBM) will be open to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The yearly dues for this level will be half that of a Full member. SBMs will have half a vote on all technical committees, which include the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) and the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) Technical Committee. Small Business Members will also be entitled to other benefits of Full members.

Introducing this new membership level will allow broader support for the continued development of the Unicode Standard and related globalization standards. More companies and organizations will be able to participate in directing the course of the Standard and ensuring its stability. 

For more information on the levels of membership and why your organization should join the Consortium, see http://www.unicode.org/consortium/join.html and http://www.unicode.org/consortium/why_join.html.

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 consortium works very closely with the INCITS L2 committee and with ISO/IEC JTC1 SC2.

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Full members (the highest level) are: Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Basis Technology, Government of India - Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan - National Language Authority, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Oracle, PeopleSoft, RLG, SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Sybase.

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 contact the Unicode Consortium (http://www.unicode.org/).