LINGUIST List 17.2726

Sat Sep 23 2006

Books: Computational Linguistics: The Unicode Consortium

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Directory         1.    Deborah Anderson, The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0: The Unicode Consortium

Message 1: The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0: The Unicode Consortium
Date: 20-Sep-2006
From: Deborah Anderson <>
Subject: The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0: The Unicode Consortium

Title: The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0 Published: 2006 Publisher: Addison-Wesley

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Author: The Unicode Consortium Hardback: ISBN: 0321480910 Pages: 1472 Price: U.S. $ 40.00 Comment: Pre-order price only

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

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

The text itself provides better guidance on the handling of combiningcharacters, Unicode strings, variation selectors, line breaking, andsegmentation. This latest version is the basis for Unicode securitymechanisms, the Unicode collation algorithm, the locale data provided bythe Common Locale Data Repository, and support for Unicode in regularexpressions. Improved expression of the Unicode encoding model makes itmuch clearer how to represent Unicode text in UTF-8 and other encodingforms. Character properties have been systematized and greatly extended tohelp with Unicode text processing. This new version is a major update whichsupersedes and obsoletes all previous versions of the standard.

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

The Unicode(R) Consortium announces that pre-orders of Version 5.0 of theUnicode Standard can be made now through the Unicode Consortium's website.As a special introductory offer, The Unicode Guide -- the handy tri-folddeveloper'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: further details on the book, go to: ordering questions, contact:Magda Danish, Sr. Administrative Director, The Unicode Consortium650-693-3921

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics                             Writing Systems
Written In: English (eng )

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