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Announcing the Unicode Standard, Version 6.1

Karl Williamson
January 31, 2012 20:59
Announcing the Unicode Standard, Version 6.1
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*Mountain View, January 31, 2012*. The Unicode Consortium announces the 
release of Version 6.1 of the Unicode Standard, continuing Unicode's 
long-term commitment to support the full diversity of languages around 
the world. This latest version adds characters to support additional 
languages of China, other Asian countries, and Africa. It also addresses 
educational needs in the Arabic-speaking world. A total of 732 new 
characters have been added. For full details, see

This version of the Standard also brings technical improvements to 
support implementers. Improved changes to property values and their 
aliases mean that properties now have easy-to-specify labels. The new 
labels combined with a new script extensions property means that regular 
expressions can be more straightforward and are easier to validate.

Over 200 new Standardized Variants have been added for 
/emoji/ characters, allowing implementations to distinguish preferred 
display styles between text and /emoji/ styles. For example:

26FA FE0E 	U+26FA+U+FE0E/ 	TENT text style
26FA FE0F 	U+26FA+U+FE0F/ 	TENT emoji style
26FD FE0E 	U+26FD+U+FE0E/ 	FUEL PUMP text style
26FD FE0F 	U+26FD+U+FE0F/ 	FUEL PUMP emoji style

Among the notable property changes and additions in Unicode 6.1 are two 
new line break property values, which improve the line-breaking behavior 
of Hebrew and Japanese text. Segmentation behavior was also improved for 
Thai, Lao, and similar languages.

Two other important Unicode specifications are maintained in synchrony 
with the Unicode Standard, and have updates for Version 6.1. These will 
be finalized in February:

  * UTS #10, Unicode Collation Algorithm
  * UTS #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing
  * Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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