Draft Press Release

Unicode CLDR 26 has been released, providing an update to the key building blocks for software supporting the world's languages. This data is used by a wide spectrum of companies for their software internationalization and localization, adapting software to the conventions of different languages for such common software tasks. This release focused primarily on Unicode 7.0 compatibility, Survey Tool improvements, increased coverage, new units, and improvements to collation and RBNFChanges include the following:
  • Data Growth: Major increase in the number of translations, with 77 locales now reaching the 100% modern coverage level, and an overall growth of about 20% in data.
  • Units: Added 72 new units, added display names for all units and a new perUnitPattern (eg, liters per second).
  • Collation: Updated collation (sorting) to Unicode 7.0, moved Unihan radical-stroke collation into root to avoid duplication, used import to reduce source size by 23% and ease maintenance. Major changes to Arabic collation.
  • Spell-out numbers: improvements for round-trip fidelity; new syntax for use of plural categories.
  • Specification: documented new structure, \x{h...h} syntax for Unicode code points; construction of “unit per unit” formats; clarified BCP47 and Unicode identifiers, and different kinds of locale lookup, matching, and inheritance.
  • Survey Tool: Major improvements to the UI to make it easier and faster to enter and check data.
Details are provided in http://cldr.unicode.org/index/downloads/cldr-26, along with a detailed Migration section.

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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 in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Government of Bangladesh, Government of India, 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 Consortium http://www.unicode.org/contacts.html