Announcing The Unicode® Standard, Version 10.0

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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:46:12 -0700

Soyombo 11A9EVersion 10.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available. For
the first time, both the core specification and the data files are
available on the same date. Version 10.0 adds 8,518 characters, for a
total of 136,690 characters. These additions include four new scripts,
for a total of 139 scripts, as well as 56 new emoji characters.

The new scripts and characters in Version 10.0 add support for
lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide, including:

    * Masaram Gondi, used to write Gondi in Central and Southeast India
    * Nüshu,used by women in China to write poetry and other discourses
      until the late twentieth century
    * Soyombo and Zanabazar Square, used in historic Buddhist texts to
      write Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mongolian
    * Syriac letters used for writing Suriyani Malayalam, also known as
      Garshuni and as Syriac Malayalam
    * Gujarati signs used for the transliteration of the Arabic script
      into Gujarati by Ismaili Khoja communities
    * A set of 285 Hentaigana characters used in Japan (historic
      variants of Hiragana characters)
    * CJK Extension F (7,473 Han characters)

Among important symbol additions are:

    * Bitcoin sign
    * A set of Typicon marks and symbols
    * 56 emoji characters including:

🧙 mage


🥥 coconut

🧚 fairy


🥦 broccoli

🧛 vampire


🥪 sandwich

For the full list of emoji characters, see emoji additions for Unicode
10.0 <>, and
Emoji Counts
<>. For a
detailed description of support for emoji characters by the Unicode
Standard, see UTS #51, Unicode Emoji

Three other important Unicode specifications have been updated for
Version 10.0:

    * UTS #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm
      <> — sorting
      Unicode text
    * UTS #39, Unicode Security Mechanisms
      <> — reducing
      Unicode spoofing
    * UTS #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing
      <> — compatible
      processing of non-ASCII URLs

Unicode 10.0 includes a number of changes. Some of the Unicode Standard
Annexes have modifications for Unicode 10.0, often in coordination with
changes to character properties. In particular, there are changes to UAX
#14, Unicode Line Breaking Algorithm, UAX #29, Unicode Text
Segmentation, and UAX #31, Unicode Identifier and Pattern Syntax. In
addition, UAX #50, Unicode Vertical Text Layout, has been newly
incorporated as a part of the standard.

The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and
communications around the world, including all modern operating systems,
browsers, laptops, and smart phones—plus the Internet and Web (URLs,
HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.). The Unicode Standard, its associated
standards, and data form the foundation for CLDR and ICU releases.


All the additional 8,518 characters including 239 new emoji are now
available for adoption to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on
digitally disadvantaged languages.

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      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

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of
corporations and organizations, many in the computer and information
processing industry. Members include: Adobe, Apple, EmojiXpress,
Facebook, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, Huawei,
IBM, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Netflix, Sultanate of Oman MARA,
Oracle, Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha, SAP, Symantec, Tamil Virtual
University, The University of California (Berkeley), plus well over a
hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members. For a complete
member list go to

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