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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) Version 1.5.1

The Unicode Consortium has announced the release of the new version of
the "Unicode Common Locale Data Repository" (Unicode CLDR 1.5.1),
providing key building blocks for software to support the world's
languages. Unicode CLDR is by far the largest and most extensive
standard repository of locale data. This data is used by a wide spectrum
of companies for their software internationalization and localization:
adapting software to the conventions of different languages for such
common software tasks as formatting of dates, times, time zones,
numbers, and currency values; sorting text; choosing languages or
countries by name; and many others. CLDR uses the XML format provided
by UTS #35: "Locale Data Markup Language (LDML)." LDML is a format
used not only for CLDR, but also for general interchange of locale data,
such as in Microsoft's .NET. The main changes in CLDR Version 1.5.1
are a significant revision to the data and process for computing
timezone names, and additional data for finding default script or
country given a language, or the converse. The structure has also been
updated for the latest version of IETF BCP 47 ("Tags for Identifying
Languages"), and new currency codes.

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