by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/06/03 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/06/03/10019332.aspx
Internal Microsoft people in Seattle: don't forget the What is a Character? presentation, later today!
The press release is below, andyou can look at the beta page here:
Mountain View, CA, USA – June 2, 2010 – The Unicode® Consortium today announced the availability of the Unicode 6.0 beta. A smooth transition to each new version of the Unicode Standard is vital, because it is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, and smartphones; modern web protocols (HTML, XML,...); and internationalized domain names.
Software developers and other experts are strongly encouraged to review the beta data files and documentation for Unicode 6.0 carefully, and to provide any feedback regarding errors or other issues to the Unicode Consortium. Software developers can also get an early start in testing their programs with the beta data files so they they will be ready for the release of Unicode 6.0 at the end of September.
A long-awaited new feature of Unicode 6.0 is the support of new characters for mobile phones. The emoji (pictographic) characters are in very widespread use, especially in Japan. They have distinct semantics, and are often substituted for related words. For the first time, there is a standard encoding for these characters that allows lossless interchange between different vendors. Unicode 6.0 also adds 222 new CJK unified ideographs in common use in China and Japan, and a number of other symbols and letters used by other languages.
* See http://unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0/ for the current draft summary.
* See http://unicode.org/versions/beta.html for more information about the beta.
If you are an implementer then you should look at the beta and provide feedback.
Again, you can see the beta page right here.
Ry Jones on 3 Jun 2010 10:31 AM:
It uses geo-ip to find your location, then renders the current weather as two unicode glyphs.
Written by Andrew Filer of Seattle.
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