Unicode Releases Common Locale Data Repository, Version 1.6

From: Rick McGowan (rick@unicode.org)
Date: Wed Jul 02 2008 - 11:16:04 CDT

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    Unicode Releases Common Locale Data Repository, Version 1.6

    Mountain View, CA, July 2, 2008 The Unicode Consortium announced today the
    release of the new version of the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository
    (Unicode CLDR 1.6), providing key building blocks for software to support
    the world's languages. Unicode CLDR is by far the largest and most
    extensive standard repository of locale data. This data is used by a wide
    spectrum of companies for their software internationalization and
    localization: adapting software to the conventions of different languages
    for such common software tasks as formatting of dates, times, time zones,
    numbers, and currency values; sorting text; choosing languages or countries
    by name; transliterating different alphabets; and many others.

    CLDR 1.6 contains data for 137 languages and 140 territories: 374 locales
    in all. Version 1.6 of the repository contains over 32% more locale data
    than the previous release, with nearly 24,000 new or modified data items
    entered by over 220 different contributors.

    Major contributors to CLDR 1.6 include Adobe, Apple, Google, IBM, and Sun,
    plus official representatives from a number of countries. Many other
    organizations and volunteers around the globe, including Gnome, Kotoistus,
    LISA, OpenOffice, and Utilika, have also made important contributions. The
    data for CLDR is gathered through the CLDR survey tool, which allows
    organizations and volunteers to contribute, compare, and vet locale data.
    For web pages with different views of CLDR data, see

    Unicode CLDR 1.6 is part of the Unicode locale data project, together with
    the Unicode Locale Data Markup Language (LDML:
    http://unicode.org/reports/tr35/). LDML is an XML format used for general
    interchange of locale data, such as in Microsoft's .NET. Major new features
    of Unicode LDML 1.6 include:

        * Plural rules (such as the 4 forms for Russian).
        * Plural forms of currencies and date/time durations ("1 hour" vs "2 hours")
        * Interval formats for a concise representation of a range of two
    dates or times ("Jan 10-12, 2008").
        * Telephone codes for different countries.
        * Clarified fallback process for resource bundle lookup and resource
    item lookup.
        * Explicit definition of Unicode locale and language identifiers.
        * Many other clarifications and corrections.

    For more information about the Unicode CLDR project (including charts) see
    http://unicode.org/cldr/. The latest features of CLDR will also be
    showcased at the 32st Internationalization and Unicode Conference (IUC) on
    September 8-10, 2008 in San Jose, CA -- see http://unicodeconference.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: Adobe Systems, Apple, Basis Technology, Denic eG, Google,
    Government of India, Government of Pakistan, Government of Tamil Nadu, HP,
    IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, Sun
    Microsystems, Sybase, UC Berkeley, Yahoo!, plus well over a hundred
    Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

    For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium

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