Date: Mon Oct 11 2010 - 19:33:52 CDT
The newly finalized Unicode Version 6.0 adds 2,088 characters, with over
1,000 new symbols.
A long-awaited feature of Unicode 6.0 is the encoding of hundreds of
symbols for mobile phones. These emoji characters are in widespread use,
especially in Japan, and have become an essential part of text messages
there and elsewhere. Unicode 6.0 now provides for data interchange between
different mobile vendors and across the internet. The symbols include
symbols for many domains: maps and transport, phases of the moon, UI symbols
(such as fast-forward) and many others.
A late-breaking addition is the newly created official symbol for the Indian
rupee. With the help of the Indian government and our colleagues in ISO, the
consortium was able to accelerate the encoding process. Once computers and
mobile phones update to the new version of Unicode, people will be able to
use the rupee sign like they use $ or â‚¬ now.
This October 2010 release includes the Unicode Character Database (UCD),
Unicode Standard Annexes (UAXes), and code charts. With the release of these
components, implementers are able update their software to Unicode 6.0
without delay. The final text of the core specification will be available in
* To access Unicode 6.0, see http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0.
* For more information on emoji, see http://unicode.org/faq/emoji_dingbats.html
* For a formatted version of this message with images, see
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