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Title: The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0
Written By: The Unicode Consortium

The new version defines 1,369 new characters, including additional
mathematical and linguistic symbols, and characters needed for Greek,
Hebrew, Kannada, and for minority language support. Five new scripts are
added in 5.0: Balinese, N'Ko, Phags-pa, Phoenician, and Sumero-Akkadian

Besides defining new characters, Unicode Standard 5.0 now contains the
Unicode Standard Annexes, and includes significantly updated figures,
tables, definitions, and tables.

The text itself provides better guidance on the handling of combining
characters, Unicode strings, variation selectors, line breaking, and
segmentation. This latest version is the basis for Unicode security
mechanisms, the Unicode collation algorithm, the locale data provided by
the Common Locale Data Repository, and support for Unicode in regular
expressions. Improved expression of the Unicode encoding model makes it
much clearer how to represent Unicode text in UTF-8 and other encoding
forms. Character properties have been systematized and greatly extended to
help with Unicode text processing. This new version is a major update which
supersedes and obsoletes all previous versions of the standard.

Unicode is required by modern standards as XML and is widely supported in
computer systems. Windows Vista runs on Unicode 5.0 and Google, Yahoo!, and
ICU all have plans to upgrade to it.

The Unicode(R) Consortium announces that pre-orders of Version 5.0 of the
Unicode Standard can be made now through the Unicode Consortium's website.
As a special introductory offer, The Unicode Guide -- the handy tri-fold
developer's reference guide -- will be included with the Version 5.0 book.
This offer will expire on October 15, 2006.

To pre-order, go to:
For further details on the book, go to:
For ordering questions, contact:
Magda Danish, Sr. Administrative Director, The Unicode Consortium

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0321480910
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 1472
Prices: U.S. $ 40.00