Unicode Releases Common Locale Data Repository, Version 21.0

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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:45:11 -0600

Mountain View, CA, February 10, 2011 - The Unicode Consortium
announced today the release of a new version of the Unicode Common
Locale Data Repository (Unicode CLDR 21.0), providing key building
blocks for software to support the world's languages.

Unicode CLDR 21.0 contains data for 193 languages and 170 territories:
528 locales in all. This release did not include a public data
submission phase, and focused on improvements to the LDML structure
and tools, and consistency of data.

Main features included the updates for Unicode 6.1, a major cleanup
of timezone names, date format data, and delimiters; the new BCP47
-t- extension; addition of ordinal categories (1st, 2nd,...),
collation reordering (eg, Cyrillic before Latin), multiple numbering
systems for a locale, abbreviated numbers (eg, "1.2 B"); and
restructuring of Chinese calendar data. For more information on
other changes since the 2.0.1 release, see the CLDR 21
Release Note http://cldr.unicode.org/index/downloads/cldr-21

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.
Unicode CLDR 21 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.

For web pages with different views of CLDR data, see
http://cldr.unicode.org/index/charts . For more information about
the Unicode CLDR project (including charts) see http://cldr.unicode.org/ .

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