Unicode 9.0 Beta Review

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Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:30:41 -0800

[Adlam Sample] Mountain View, CA, USA – The Unicode® Consortium today
announced the start of the beta review for the forthcoming Unicode
9.0.0, which is scheduled for release in June, 2016. All beta feedback
must be submitted by May 2, 2016.

Unicode 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.). Thus it is important to ensure a smooth transition to
each new version of the Unicode Standard.

Unicode 9.0.0 comprises several additions and changes which require
careful migration in implementations. These include asymmetric case
mappings, numerous variation sequences, new fractional numeric values,
and changes to property values, especially East_Asian_Width values. The
line breaking and text segmentation algorithms handle character
sequences that represent emoji as indivisible units via the addition of
new property values and rules. Implementers need to modify code and
check assumptions for all affected processes to support these additions
and changes.

The new character repertoire includes 74 emoji symbols, 19 symbols used
in Japanese TV broadcasting, and multiple additions to existing scripts.
There are six new scripts, of which three are in modern use (Adlam,
Osage, and Newa) and three are historic (Bhaiksuki, Marchen, and
Tangut). Adlam and Osage have case pairs and require data updates for
casing functions. Tangut is a large ideographic script whose addition
incurred changes to the Unicode Collation Algorithm (used as the basis
for sorting text in all languages).

Please review the documentation, adjust your code, test the data files,
and report errors and other issues to the Unicode Consortium by May 2,
2016. Feedback instructions are on the beta page.

Seehttp://unicode.org/versions/beta-9.0.0.htmlfor more information about
testing the 9.0.0 beta.

Seehttp://unicode.org/versions/Unicode9.0.0/for the current draft
summary of Unicode 9.0.0.

    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, many in the computer and information
processing industry. Members include: Adobe, Apple, Emoji One,
EmojiXpress, Facebook, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of
India, Huawei, 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


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