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Old 04-05-2008, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default Unicode 5.1 released

News from the Unicode Consortium: Unicode 5.1 released.

From the announcement (which can be read at the link above):
This release contains over 100,000 characters, and provides significant additions and improvements that extend text processing for software worldwide. Some of the key features are: increased security in data exchange, significant character additions for Indic and South East Asian scripts, expanded identifier specifications for Indic and Arabic scripts, improvements in the processing of Tamil and other Indic scripts, linebreaking conformance relaxation for HTML and other protocols, strengthened normalization stability, new case pair stability, plus others given below.

The Version 5.1.0 data files and documentation are final and posted on the Unicode site. In addition to updated existing files, implementers will find new test data files (for example, for linebreaking) and new XML data files that encapsulate all of the Unicode character properties. For details, see the page for Unicode 5.1.0 at the Unicode.org web site.
Nothing about Unicode is simple. There is controversy about naming, about inclusion or omission of glyphs, and more. The BabelStone blog summarizes a few of these. Another article there explains to some extent how the Unicode Consortium works, the selection and organizing process.

A succinct list of additions is posted in the Multilingual Mac blog (which also has entries for Mac users on how to work in different scripts).

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