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Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Unicode

Mountain View, CA, July 2, 2007 -- The UnicodeĀ® Consortium announces a new project to make the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights available on the web, in as many languages as possible, using the power of Unicode.

Unicode is ideally suited for this project because it is the universal character set, able to represent all languages of the world.

The initial collection for the UDHR in Unicode project now contains more than 300 languages from Abkhaz to Zulu. For each language, the text of the UDHR is made available in the following Unicode-based formats: XML, plain text, HTML, and PDF. There are also links to resources for the languages, such as dictionaries and grammars.

The Consortium is calling for participation to help complete this work, particularly by language experts, to improve and refine the data. Information on how you can participate can be found on the project's website at http://www.unicode.org/udhr/.

The UDHR in Unicode project makes the Declaration more accessible world-wide by providing a uniform, easily searchable, standards-based set of translations. The Unicode community will also benefit by having access to a multi-lingual corpus, which can be used to test Unicode implementations, in particular for less widely used languages.

For more information on the Unicode Standard, please visit http://www.unicode.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. Members are: Adobe Systems, Apple, Basis Technology, Denic e. G., Google, Government of India - Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan - National Language Authority, Government of Tamil Nadu - Tamil Virtual University, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The University of California at Berkeley, Yahoo, and over 100 Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

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