Announcing The Unicode® Standard, Version 11.0

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Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:34:10 -0700

http://www.unicode.org/announcements/SogdianLetterAyin-10F3D.jpgVersion
11.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available, both the core
specification and data files. Version 11.0 adds 684 characters, for a
total of 137,374 characters. These additions include seven new scripts,
for a total of 146 scripts, as well as 145 new emoji.

The new scripts and characters in Version 11.0 add support for
lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide, including:

    * Georgian Mtavruli capital letters, newly added to support modern
      casing practices
    * Hanifi Rohingya, used to write the modern Rohingya language in
      Southeast Asia
    * Medefaidrin, used for modern liturgical purposes in Africa
    * Mazahua, a Mesoamerican language recognized by law in Mexico
    * Mayan numerals used in printed materials in Central America
    * Historic Sanskrit, Gurmukhi, and the Buryats
    * Five urgently needed CJK unified ideographs: three for chemical
      names and two for Japan's government administration

Popular symbol additions:

    * Copyleft symbol
    * Half stars for rating systems
    * More astrological symbols
    * Xiangqi Chinese chess symbols
    * New emoji characters including:

🦸 👨🏽‍🦰
🧸 🦞
🧨 🥳

For the full list of emoji characters, see emoji additions for Unicode
11.0 <http://www.unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html>, and
Emoji Counts
<http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/tr51-14.html#Emoji_Counts>. For a
detailed description of support for emoji characters by the Unicode
Standard, see UTS #51, Unicode Emoji
<http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/tr51-14.html>. Version 11.0 also
includes other improvements for emoji handling:

    * a mechanism to request the glyph direction for emoji
    * descriptions of the four new emoji hair components
    * descriptions of gender neutral emoji
    * simplified statements of emoji-related rules for grapheme cluster
      boundaries and for word boundaries.

Three other important Unicode specifications have been updated for
Version 11.0:

    * UTS #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr10/tr10-38.html> — sorting
      Unicode text
    * UTS #39, Unicode Security Mechanisms
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr39/tr39-17.html> — reducing
      Unicode spoofing
    * UTS #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr46/tr46-21.html> — compatible
      processing of non-ASCII URLs

Unicode 11.0 includes a number of changes. Some of the Unicode Standard
Annexes have modifications, often in coordination with changes to
character properties. In particular, there are changes to:

    * UAX #14, Unicode Linebreaking Algorithm
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr14/tr14-41.html>
    * UAX #29, Unicode Text Segmentation
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr29/tr29-33.html>
    * UAX #31, Unicode Identifier and Pattern Syntax
      <http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr31/tr31-29.html>

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.

      Adopt-a-Character

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

[emoji image] <http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html>

http://blog.unicode.org/2018/06/announcing-unicode-standard-version-110.html

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