Unicode® History Corner
This area of the Unicode web site pulls together various information about the
history of the Unicode Consortium and the people and companies involved in it over
The Unicode Consortium was incorporated in January, 1991 in the state of California,
four years after the concept of a new character encoding, to be called "Unicode", was
broached in discussions started by engineers from Xerox (Joe Becker) and Apple (Lee
Collins and Mark Davis).
History of the Unicode Standard
More details of the very early history leading up to Unicode 1.0 are listed in the
Summary Narrative and in the detailed timeline,
Chronology of Unicode Version 1.0.
A retrospective quoting various participants looking back on history is available at
Early Years of Unicode.
Release and Publication Dates for a
comprehensive listing of the dates for all past releases of the Unicode Standard, as well as the details
of publication dates for the books and annexes.
Consortium Membership History
The Membership History page shows all
of the voting (full, institutional and supporting) members of the Unicode Consortium over the years.
The Board Members
page tracks the history of participation on the Unicode Consortiums Board of Directors.
Previous Officers of the
Consortium contains photos and brief bios of former officers. The
Photo Album has
photos of various important contributors and milestones.
Visit the Virtual Museum
to see graphical displays from Unicode history: book covers, the original Unicode
logo, videos, and TV interviews from the early days of Unicode.