Version 8.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available. The latest core specification contains significant updates and improvements compared with previous versions.
As previously reported, version 8.0 of Unicode has grown by 7,716 characters. The latest version continues the Unicode Consortiums long-standing commitment to support the full diversity of languages by adding new scripts and other characters that support additional languages of Africa and India, such as Ik, Kulango, and Tai Ahom. The text of the latest version also documents the newly adopted Georgian lari currency symbol.
All other components of Unicode 8.0 were released in June to allow vendors to update their implementations of Unicode 8.0 as early as possible. These components include the Unicode Standard Annexes, code charts, and the Unicode Character Database. The publication of the core specification completes the definitive documentation of the Unicode Standard, Version 8.0. A print-on-demand (POD) version for Unicode 8.0 is planned for later publication.