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1 Unicode 4.0 Mark Davis President, The Unicode Consortium Note: slides differ from proceedings

2 Overview New Characters Conformance UAX:Unicode Standard Annexes UCD:Unicode Character Database UTS:Unicode Technical Standards Not part of the Standard, but can claim conformance

3 Properties and Behavior Unicode is not just a list of characters Properties and behavior are crucial With them, new characters can work out of the box Some are part of the standard (BIDI, Normalization), others are associated (Collation, Regular Expressions)

4 New Characters: 1,228 Modern Scripts (additions to) Indic, Khmer, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Syriac (minority scripts) Limbu, Tai Le, Osmanya Historic Scripts Linear B, Cypriot, Ugaritic, Shavian, Aegean Numbers Symbols Monograms, digrams, tetragrams, other symbols modifier & combining characters

5 New Characters (cont.) Special Characters additional variation selectors (for future CJK variants), double-diacritics for dictionary use For a detailed list, see Derived Age in the UCD 4.0, and the beta Charts.UCD 4.0Charts Character repertoire corresponds to ISO/IEC 10646:2003.

6 Conformance Substantially improved specification of conformance requirements Incorporated UTR #17: Character Encoding Model, clearly separating encoding forms and encoding schemesUTR #17: Character Encoding Model Tightened definitions of UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32 Separate definition of Unicode String Clarified conformance status of Unicode Standard Annexes Formal definitions of properties & algorithms Provisional properties

7 UTF vs. Unicode String Important Distinction UTF Unique representation for Code Point All else illegal C0 80 D Unicode String Sequence of code units Internal Processing, not interchange Not necessarily valid UTF C0 A0 D

8 Conformance (cont.) Formalized policies for stability of the standard Clarification of semantics of important characters, including BOM Revised scope of enclosing combining marks Revised semantics of ZWJ for cursive scripts Normalization Corrections U+2F868; U+2F874; U+2F91F; U+2F95F; U+2F9BF All corrections subject to strict stability constraints: For 3.2 repertoire, NFC 3.2 (X) = NFC 4.0 (X)

9 Textual Clarifications Major changes to Chapters 2, 3, 6, 14 and 15 Definitive terminology for code points: graphic, format, control, private-use = assigned characters surrogate, noncharacter, reserved not characters Substantial improvements to many character block descriptions, especially Indic

10 Programming language identifiers Now backwards-compatible Once a Unicode identifier, Always a Unicode identifier Alternate definition for complete stability Fix set of allowed characters Allow all reserved code points + Complete stability - Odd characters Also see new UTR on Syntax Characters

11 Case mappings now normative (but tailorable) Clearer definition of string functions: isUpper(), isLower(), isTitle(), isFold() toUpper(), toLower(), toTitle(), toFold() Definition of titlecase uses word boundaries Note that the Turkic mappings do not maintain canonical equivalence, without additional processing.

12 UAX #9: BIDI BIDI: Arabic/Hebrew Display HTML, all modern word processors, OSs, … New: canonically equivalence now preserved data change, not algorithm shaping is done after reordering but not across directional boundaries clarifications of: ZWJ, ZWNJ intermediate level processing

13 UAX #15: Normalization Unique form for text comparison W3C Character Model, International Domain Names, Network File System, … New: Description of Stable Code Points.Stable Code Points Notation NFC(x) and isNFC(x), in Notation.Notation Added pointer to UTN #5 Canonical Equivalences in ApplicationsUTN #5 Canonical Equivalences in Applications Rewrote Annex 12: Corrigenda for clarity, and to describe the use of Normalization Corrections.Annex 12: Corrigenda Added Annex 13: Canonical Equivalence.Annex 13: Canonical Equivalence

14 UAX #14: Line Breaking Line-Break (word-wrap) all Unicode text Customizable for different languages New: Negative numbers and dates with hyphens will not break across lines Word-Joiner will link any characters (except hard line breaks) Behavior of soft hyphen clarified marks opportunity for breaking, not specific graphic appearance. Rules for GL relaxed: SP and ZW override New Property Values: NL, WJ

15 UAX #29: Text Boundaries Default User Character, Word, Sentence boundaries Customizable for different languages Word, sentence: tailoring expected New: Extracted from 3.0, but significantly revised Grapheme cluster ( user character ) Hangul Syllable or other Base plus (optionally) any number of NSMs

16 No Sub. Changes UAX #11: East Asian Width UAX #11: East Asian Width Guidelines for choosing character width UAX #24: Script Names Default script assignment Used in regular expressions Now UAX

17 Superseded UAXes Incorporated into and thus superseded by Unicode Version 4.0: UAX #13: Unicode Newline Guidelines UAX #19: UTF-32 UAX #21: Case Mappings UAX #27: Unicode 3.1 UAX #28: Unicode 3.2

18 Unicode Character Database Crucial Component of Unicode Documentation coalesced into UCD.html. New properties and values Hangul_Syllable_Type, Unicode_Radical_Stroke CJK numeric values added. PropertyValueAliases adds block names UCD fallback props more precisely defined. for code points not explicitly in data files New Characters Appropriate properties assigned

19 UCD4.0 (cont.) Modifier letters The general category of 02B9..02BA, 02C6..02CF changed to general category Lm. Khmer Two Khmer characters are deprecated; four others strongly discouraged. Decimal Digits Numeric_Type=decimal digit now aligned with General_Category=Nd Braille Added script value

20 UCD4.0 (cont. 2) Case Mapping Fixed for Turkish, Lithuanian Default Ignorables Hangul Filler characters Soft-Hyphen, CGJ, ZWS Arabic End of Ayah and Syriac Abbreviation Mark no longer DI, shaping classes fixed. Grapheme_Extend removes halfwidth katakana marks, most Mc (except as needed for canonical equivalence)

21 Unicode Technical Standard UTS: separate standard independent conformance requirements UTR: information and guidelines Documents may move from UTR status to UTS

22 UTS #10: Unicode Collation Significance: String comparison, matching, searching Compares all Unicode characters Handles linguistic features Accents, Case, Punctuation, … Contextual weighting, … Tailor for different languages Version due Sept From now on, to be sync'ed in repertoire and version with the Unicode Standard.

23 UTS #18: Regular Exp. Significance: Crucial to many applications: web, XML, … Unicode adds significant requirements Level 1: Basic Support Perl Level 2: Extended Support Level 3: Tailored Support New: Recently approved as UTS (was UTR) Adds clearer conformance requirements Flexible list of features Partial conformance claims

24 UTS #6: SCSU Simple Unicode Compression Added suitability for XML See also Technical Note on BOCU Main difference: preserves binary order x BOCU(x) < BOCU(y)

25 New UTRs Draft UTR #23: Character PropertiesUTR #23: Character Properties Draft Character Property Model Character Folding Hiragana-Katakana, Case, … Programming Language IDs, Syntax characters

26 Q& A Other talks here: Common Locale Data interchange of language-specific data for sorting, dates, times, currencies ICU premier Unicode enablement library full-featured, x-platform C, C++, Java

27 Background Slides

28 Unicode 3.2 (March, 2002) New Characters: 1,016 Symbols Large collection of mathematical symbols, especially targeted at MathML, recycling symbols, ornamental brackets. Special Characters combining grapheme joiner, word joiner, invisible operators for math, variation selectors Modern Scripts minority scripts of the Philippines

29 Conformance Eliminates irregular UTF-8 Defines variation sequences Replaces ZWNBSP with Word Joiner Clarifies scope of combining marks (further revised in 4.0) Clarifications of conjoining jamo behavior, hangul syllable structure, decomposables,

30 Textual Clarifications Combined vowels in Khmer, characters discouraged in Khmer Use of dingbats

31 Unicode Standard Annexes UAX #21: Case Mappings (was UTR) UAX #21: Case Mappings

32 Unicode Character Database New properties: IDS_Binary_Operator, IDS_Trinary_Operator, Radical, Unified_Ideograph, Default_Ignorable_Code_Point, Deprecated Soft_Dotted, Logical_Order_Exception Grapheme_Base, Grapheme_Extend,Grapheme_Link DerivedAge Normalization Corrections Added Property & Property Value Aliases Adds StandardizedVariants.htmlStandardizedVariants.html

33 Related Items UTS #10: Unicode Collation Algorithm Ignorable character handling, dual versioning, more conditions on well-formed weights, separate weights for CJK and unassigned characters, non- characters Note: base version still U3.1 UTR #26: CESU-8 Unicode Technical Notes Updated Character Encoding Stability PolicyCharacter Encoding Stability Policy Added Public Review processPublic Review Updated GlossaryGlossary

34 Unicode 3.1 (March, 2001) New Characters: 44,946 First supplementaries encoded! Modern scripts CJK Ideographs (now totaling 71,039) Historic scripts Old Italic, Gothic, Deseret, Byzantine Musical Symbols Symbols Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols, (Western) Musical Symbols

35 Conformance Non-shortest-form UTF-8 excluded Clarification of the stability of the standard, code units vs. code points, non-characters, normative properties, informative properties, normative references Revisions of guidelines: wchar_t, unassigned code points, identifiers Major revision of Georgian Use of ZWNJ and ZWJ for ligatures Language tag characters encoded but discouraged

36 Unicode Standard Annexes UAX #19: UTF-32

37 Unicode Character Database Major revision of PropList properties: White_Space, Bidi_Control, Join_Control, Hex_Digit Alphabetic, Ideographic, Lowercase, Uppercase ID_Start, ID_Continue, XID_Start, XID_Continue Noncharacter_Code_Point Quotation_Mark, Terminal_Punctuation, Math, Dash, Hyphen, Diacritic, Extender New properties: Case folding, Scripts Added DerivedProperties, NormalizationTest

38 Related Items Documented Character Encoding Stability PolicyCharacter Encoding Stability Policy UTS #10: Unicode Collation Algorithm Merged data files; updated to base version 3.1 UTR #18: Unicode Regular Expression Guidelines UTR #18: Unicode Regular Expression Guidelines UTR #20: Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages UTR #20: Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages UTR #22: Character Mapping Tables UTR #24: Script Names

39 Schedule 2003, April: UCD/UAXes Final data files available Implementation can proceed 2003: September: Book Available

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