Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Closing the Unicode Web Forum

Over the last several years, the Unicode Forum hosted on the Unicode website has not seen sufficient activity to justify its continuing maintenance. Accordingly, the Unicode Consortium is planning to close the forum, effective December 31, 2014. Most of the existing content in the forum will be kept available as a read-only archive, but any existing forum accounts will be locked, and new sign-up will be turned off.

We encourage forum users to join the ongoing, active discussions about Unicode topics on the email lists: http://www.unicode.org/consortium/distlist.html

Those who wish to follow only official announcements can also find those regularly posted on the Unicode Blog: http://unicode-inc.blogspot.com/

Announcement postings from the blog are also tweeted https://twitter.com/unicode as well as echoed on our Google+ and Facebook pages.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Emoji Candidates for Unicode 8.0

taco emoji The Unicode Consortium has accepted 37 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 8.0, scheduled for mid-2015. These are candidates—not yet finalized—so some may not appear in the release.

There are many possible emoji that could be added, but releases need to be restricted to a manageable number. Many other emoji characters, such as other food items and symbols of religious significance, are still being assessed, and could appear in a future release of the Unicode Standard. Feedback can be sent via the reporting form.

Faces, Hands, and Zodiac Symbols

The following proposed additions are for compatibility with other messaging and mail systems.

ZIPPER-MOUTH FACE
MONEY-MOUTH FACE
FACE WITH THERMOMETER
NERD FACE
THINKING FACE
FACE WITH ROLLING EYES
UPSIDE-DOWN FACE
FACE WITH HEAD-BANDAGE
ROBOT FACE
HUGGING FACE
SIGN OF THE HORNS
CRAB
SCORPION
LION FACE
BOW AND ARROW
AMPHORA

Symbols of Religious Significance


PRAYER BEADS
KAABA
MOSQUE
SYNAGOGUE
MENORAH WITH NINE BRANCHES
PLACE OF WORSHIP
DHYANI BUDDHA

Most Popularly Requested Emoji


HOT DOG
TACO
BURRITO
BOTTLE WITH POPPING CORK
POPCORN
TURKEY
UNICORN FACE
CHEESE WEDGE

Missing Top Sports Symbols


CRICKET BAT AND BALL
VOLLEYBALL
FIELD HOCKEY STICK AND BALL
ICE HOCKEY STICK AND PUCK
TABLE TENNIS PADDLE AND BALL
BADMINTON RACQUET AND BIRDIE

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Unicode Emoji draft, available for review

egg hatching emoji The Unicode Consortium has released the draft “Unicode Emoji” document, whose main goal is to help improve the interoperability of emoji characters across implementations by providing guidelines and data.

This draft document also includes a section on Diversity, with a mechanism using 5 new proposed characters to provide a variety of skin tones for existing emoji characters.



The document is in “Proposed Draft” state, and made available for public review and comment.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unicode Version 7.0 - Complete Text of the Core Specification Published

Mountain View, CA, October 8, 2014 - The Unicode® Consortium announces the publication of the core specification for Unicode 7.0. The Version 7.0 core specification contains significant changes:
  • Major reorganization of the chapters and overall layout
  • New page size tailored for easy viewing on e-readers and other mobile devices
  • Addition of twenty-two new scripts and a shorthand writing system
  • Alignment with updates to the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm
In Version 7.0, the standard grew by 2,834 characters. This version continues the Unicode Consortium's long-term commitment to support the full diversity of languages around the world with its newly encoded scripts and other additional characters. The text of the latest version documents two newly adopted currency symbols: the manat, used in Azerbaijan, and the ruble, used in Russia and other countries. It also includes information about newly added pictographic symbols, geometric symbols, arrows and ornaments.

This version of the Standard brings technical improvements to support implementers, including further clarification of the case pair stability policy, and a new stability policy for Numeric_Type.

All other components of Unicode 7.0 were released on June 16, 2014: the Unicode Standard Annexes, code charts, and the Unicode Character Database, to allow vendors to update their implementations of Unicode 7.0 as early as possible. The release of the core specification completes the definitive documentation of the Unicode Standard, Version 7.0.

For more information on all of The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0, see http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode7.0.0/.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Updated Unicode Security Specifications and Guidelines

The major Unicode security-related specifications and guidelines have been updated for Unicode 7.0. The security-related data files have undergone a major revision to improve their algorithmic consistency, as well as to take into account new information about confusable character data. We strongly advise that implementations be updated to make use of this new data. Pay particular attention to persistent data stores, such as database indexes, that use strings folded with the previous version of the data files. Mixing strings folded with new and old data files in the same persistent store will likely cause failures. It may be necessary to provide APIs for both old and new folding during a migration.

The guidelines have also been updated with descriptions of additional security issues. In particular, it is now clear that display of Punycode URLs as a security measure can, in some circumstances, actually make the spoofing problem worse.

Punycode Spoofing Image

For details, see:

Unicode Security Considerations: http://unicode.org/reports/tr36/
Unicode Security Mechanisms: http://unicode.org/reports/tr39/