Unicode 8.0 Beta Review

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Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:41:50 -0700


Mountain View, CA, USA -- The Unicode® Consortium today announced the
start of the beta review for the forthcoming Unicode 8.0.0, which is
scheduled for release in June, 2015. All beta feedback must be submitted
by April 27, 2015.

Unicode is the foundation for all modern software and communications
around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, and
smart phones; modern web protocols (HTML, XML, ...); and
internationalized domain names. Thus it is important to ensure a smooth
transition to each new version of the Unicode Standard.

Unicode 8.0.0 comprises several changes which require careful migration
in implementations, including the conversion of Cherokee to a bicameral
script, a different encoding model for New Tai Lue, and additional
character repertoire. Implementers need to change code and check
assumptions regarding case mappings, New Tai Lue syllables, Han
character ranges, and confusables. Character additions in Unicode 8.0.0
include emoji symbol modifiers for implementing skin tone diversity,
other emoji symbols, a large collection of CJK unified ideographs, a new
currency sign for the Georgian lari, and six new scripts. For more
information on emoji in Unicode 8.0.0, see the associated draft Unicode
Emoji report <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/>.

Please review the documentation, adjust your code, test the data files,
and report errors and other issues to the Unicode Consortium by April
27, 2015. Feedback instructions are on the beta page.

    * See http://unicode.org/versions/beta-8.0.0.html for more
      information about testing the 8.0.0 beta.
    * See http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode8.0.0/ for the current
      draft summary of Unicode 8.0.0.

      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. Members are: Adobe Systems, Apple, Google,
Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype
Imaging, Sultanate of Oman MARA, Oracle, SAP, Tamil Virtual University,
The University of California (Berkeley), Yahoo!, plus well over a
hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium


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