[Unicode Announcement] Unicode 6.0 Beta, including new support for mobile phones

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Date: Wed Jun 02 2010 - 18:26:43 CDT

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    Mountain View, CA, USA – June 2, 2010 – The Unicode® Consortium today
    announced the availability of the Unicode 6.0 beta. A smooth transition
    to each new version of the Unicode Standard is vital, because it is the
    foundation for all modern software and communications around the world,
    including all modern operating systems, browsers, and smartphones;
    modern web protocols (HTML, XML,...); and internationalized domain names.

    Software developers and other experts are strongly encouraged to review
    the beta data files and documentation for Unicode 6.0 carefully, and to
    provide any feedback regarding errors or other issues to the Unicode
    Consortium. Software developers can also get an early start in testing
    their programs with the beta data files so they they will be ready for
    the release of Unicode 6.0 at the end of September.

    A long-awaited new feature of Unicode 6.0 is the support of new
    characters for mobile phones. The emoji (pictographic) characters are in
    very widespread use, especially in Japan. They have distinct semantics,
    and are often substituted for related words. For the first time, there
    is a standard encoding for these characters that allows lossless
    interchange between different vendors. Unicode 6.0 also adds 222 new CJK
    unified ideographs in common use in China and Japan, and a number of
    other symbols and letters used by other languages.

         * See http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0/ for the current
    draft summary.
         * See http://unicode.org/versions/beta.html for more information
    about the beta.

    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
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    Google, Government of India, Government of West Bengal, IBM, Microsoft,
    Monotype Imaging, Oracle, SAP, Sybase, The University of California
    (Berkeley), The University of California (Santa Cruz), Yahoo!, plus well
    over a hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

    For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium.

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