Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0

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Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:02:07 -0700

ruble sign <>Version 7.0 of
the Unicode Standard is now available, adding 2,834 new characters. This
latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and
Azerbaijani manat, approximately 250 emoji (pictographic symbols), many
other symbols, and 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, as well as
character additions to many existing scripts. These additions extend
support for written languages of North America, China, India, other
Asian countries, and Africa. For full details, see

Most of the new emoji characters derive from characters in long-standing
and widespread use in Wingdings and Webdings fonts. Additions to emoji
characters include, for example:

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Major enhancements were made to the Indic script properties. New
property values were added to enable a more algorithmic approach to
rendering Indic scripts. These include properties for joining behavior,
new classes for numbers, and a further division of the syllabic
categories of viramas and rephas. With these enhancements, the default
rendering for newly added Indic scripts can be significantly improved.

Unicode character properties were extended to the new characters. The
old characters have enhancements to Script and Alphabetic properties,
and casing and line-breaking behavior. There were also nearly 3,000 new
Cantonese pronunciation entries, as well as new or clarified stability
policies for promoting interoperable implementations.

Two other important Unicode specifications are maintained in synchrony
with the Unicode Standard, and have updates for Version 7.0. These will
be released at the same time:

    * UTS #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm
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      standard for sorting Unicode text
    * UTS #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing
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      processing of non-ASCII URLs (IDNs)

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