Friday, October 02, 2009

Unicode 5.2.0 has been released

The Unicode consortium released a new version of the standard that bears its name. With this new release, several new contemporary scripts have been added; Bamum, Javanese, Lisu, Meetei Mayek, Samaritan, Tai Tham, and Tai Viet. But as importantly new character additions provide support for scripts like Abkhaz, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Coptic, Devanagari, Khamti Shan, Malayalam, and Myanmar.

With this publication, there is an opportunity for improved support. The newly supported characters and the associated use descriptions of these characters have to be implemented in fonts before they are actually useful.

When you consider that Hindi among others uses the Devangari script, that Malayam, Javanese and Myanmar are among the 50 most spoken languages, you will agree that the need for support for these new characters is really important when we are to provide with our Wikipedias the sum of all knowledge to the people of our world.
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