Unicode Technical Committee
The Unicode Technical Committee (UTC), is responsible
for the development and maintenance of the
Unicode Standard, including
the Unicode Character Database,
as well as
Unicode Technical Reports and Unicode Technical
Standards. As appropriate, the UTC releases
Updates and Errata to its
publications or takes
The UTC meets on a quarterly basis (see
calendar for dates and locations). The agenda for each meeting is posted two weeks in advance in the
Members Only section of this site and announced on the members only mailing list.
Meetings are open to the public, space permitting. All UTC decisions are made
in accordance with the
TC Procedures, subject to additional limitations set forth in applicable
Full and Institutional members of the Unicode Consortium have one vote.
Supporting members have half a vote. Associate, liaison, and individual members (along with invited observers) also participate in the UTC meetings but
do not vote.
To add a topic to the UTC meeting agenda, members should send their request via email to the UnicoRe list with "UTC Agenda" in the subject line and also follow the
instructions for submitting documents. Non-members should
contact the Unicode office for information.
Proposals for new characters or scripts are subject to additional requirements on content and format.
Following each meeting, the UTC produces a set of meeting minutes, action items and motions voted upon.
Meeting minutes are
publicly available online.
Information about UTC meetings and the
UTC document registers are
publicly available. Access to
other member resources are for members only. To become a member, see
Join the Consortium.
Outside of the formal meetings, much of the technical work of the UTC is conducted in email discussions held on the distribution list of Unicode members (Unicore).
Informal discussions of technical issues are also held on public
Unicode email distribution lists.
The current Technical Committee Officers are:
- Chair: Lisa Moore (IBM)
- Vice-Chair: Craig Cummings (Unicode)
The UTC is a Class C Liaison Body of the International Standards
Organization (ISO). It makes
recommendations to ISO’s Working Group 2 – Multiple Octet Codes – of
the Joint Technical Committee 1/Sub-Committee 2 (JTC1/SC2), which is
also known as Information Technology/Coded Character Sets Committee.