Unicode Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How are Unicode FAQs created?

FAQs are created by the Unicode editorial committee. FAQ entries may also be submitted by the general Unicode community via the FAQ suggestion form; those are reviewed and edited by the editorial committee before posting. The primary authors of FAQ entries are often acknowledged by initials, which provide a link to the FAQ attributions page, where they are explained: [Sample].

Q: What is the Unicode editorial committee?

The editorial committee has editorial oversight of all Unicode publications, including FAQs. The committee meets about once a month and currently has about 20 participants, many of whom also normally work via email on a daily basis.

Q: When are new Unicode FAQs created?

Whenever someone has provided a useful summary answer to a question that has been asked frequently. Also to provide clarifications about some aspects of the Unicode Standard or the other Unicode specifications, when it has become apparent that misunderstandings of these issues are common.

Q: What can I do if I think there is an error in an FAQ answer?

To suggest a correction or update to the FAQ submit your feedback via the FAQ suggestion form.

Q: How does an FAQ relate to a Unicode specification?

The purpose of each FAQ is to explain and clarify issues in the Unicode Standard or other Unicode specifications. The technical content of the FAQ is designed to be consistent with the relevant specifications. If there are inadvertent differences or other errors, please bring them to the attention of the editorial committee.

Q: What can I do if I think there is an error in the Unicode Standard or other specification?

Request a correction, clarification or change to the relevant specification by submitting feedback or a formal proposal to the corresponding technical committee. Unicode has a number of different technical committees and subcommittees, each responsible for different specifications or a particular subset. Subcommittees typically collect and vet input for final decision by one of the technical committees. See the main Technical Site for links. The methods are different for each committee and depending on the type of change requested. See the Contact Form for links for error reporting or proposal submission methods for each committee.