Unicode Consortium Policies
This page documents official policies maintained by the
Consortium. The Consortium may add further policies as
appropriate in the future. The
Technical Committees also have established
Procedures that govern the workings of those committees.
Resolutions of the Technical Committees on external issues
of particular public importance to the computing industry are
Consortium Public Positions.
The Unicode Consortium has a number of stability policies regarding the various standards, registries,
and repositories that it develops or maintains. These policies are put in place to assure the continued
reliability of these resources and to provide implementers guarantees about the limits of allowed kinds of
changes for any updates and new versions.
Character Encoding Stability
Unlike many other standards, the Unicode Standard regularly requires updating to expand its repertoire
New characters are added to meet a variety of uses, ranging from technical symbols to letters for regional
scripts or for archaic languages. Character properties are also expanded or revised to meet new implementation
requirements. However, changes to the standard must be constrained by the requirements of backward compatibility
between versions. To that end, the
Character Encoding Stability Policy limits the ways in which the Unicode Standard and related Unicode
specifications can change. The Unicode Technical Committee
is responsible for the technical adherence of its standards and specifications to this policy.
The Unicode Technical Standard #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm, is regularly updated to keeps its definitions and tables in synch with the Unicode Standard. The Unicode Collation Stability Policy limits the ways that algorithm and its associated data tables can change. The Unicode
Technical Committee is responsible for the technical adherence of that standard to this policy.
Registered Code Stability
The Unicode Consortium is the registration authority for the ISO 15924
standard for script codes. Changes to the set of registered codes must be constrained by the requirements of backward
compatibility. To that end, the Unicode Registered
Code Stability Policy limits the ways in which the registrar administers the registry.
The Unicode Locales Project develops and maintains the Unicode LDML standard
and the associated data repository, the Unicode Common Locales Data Repository (CLDR). Changes to the standard and repository
are constrained to ensure backward compatibility. The
Unicode Locales Stability Policy spells out those constraints.
The Unicode CLDR-TC is responsible for the technical adherence of its
standard and repository to this policy.
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual Property Rights Policy
The Consortium has a policy governing intellectual
property rights governing submission of documents or materials.
The Consortium has a policy regarding
handling company confidential and private data submitted via e-mail or into technical committee document registers.
The use of this site is subject to the
Fonts submitted to the Consortium as part of standardization
related work are subject to the Font
The Unicode Consortium Patent Policy
is based on the ANSI Patent Policy. The only changes are to adapt
the policy to refer to the Unicode Consortium, The Unicode Standard
and Unicode Technical Reports and Standards.
Trademark and Logo
Policies governing the Unicode Consortium’s marks and logos are explained in the Trademark
Conflict of Interest Policy
Policies governing conflicts of interest for directors and officers of the Consortium are explained in the "Unicode Conflict of Interest Policy" document.
The use of e-mail lists maintained by the Unicode Consortium is subject to
the Mail List Policy as well as the
this policy can be found at General
Translations of certain web pages are allowed by the Consortium, subject to the conditions
set forth on the Translation Policies page.
Policies governing the reporting of violations of ethics and legal requirements for directors, officers, and employees of the Consortium are explained in the "Unicode Consortium Whistlerblower Policy" document.