Unicode Version 5.0 Beta Release

From: Rick McGowan (rick@unicode.org)
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 00:11:43 CST

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    The next version of the Unicode Standard will be Version 5.0.0. The beta
    version of the documentation for Unicode 5.0.0 is located in:


    A page describing the beta release is located here:


    The Unicode Character Database portion is planned for release at the end
    of March 2006. A beta version of the 5.0.0 Unicode Character Database
    files is available for public comment. We strongly encourage implementers
    to download these files and test them with their programs, well before the
    end of the beta period. See the beta page for access to the files.

    Any comments on the beta Unicode Character Database should be reported
    using the Unicode reporting form. The comment period ends January 30, 2006.
    All substantive comments must be received by that date for consideration
    at the next UTC meeting. Editorial comments (typos, etc) may be submitted
    after that date for consideration in the final editorial work.

    Note: All beta files may be updated, replaced, or superseded by other
    files at any time. The beta files will be discarded once Unicode 5.0.0 is
    final. It is inappropriate to cite these files as other than a work in

    The Unicode Consortium provides early access to the best known version of
    the data files to give reviewers and developers as much time as possible to
    ensure a problem-free adoption of version 5.0.0.

    Testers should not commit any product or implementation to the code points
    in the current beta data files. Testers should also be ready for retesting
    based on updated data files which will be posted after the February, 2006
    UTC meeting.


    If you have comments for official consideration, please post them by
    submitting your comments through our feedback & reporting page:


    If you wish to discuss beta issues on the Unicode mail list, then please
    use the following link to subscribe (if necessary). Please be aware that
    discussion comments on the Unicode mail list are not automatically recorded
    as beta comments. You must use the reporting link above to generate
    comments for official consideration.


            Rick McGowan
            Unicode, Inc.

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