BETA Unicode 6.2.0
The next version of the Unicode Standard will be Version 6.2.0, planned for release in
September 2012. A beta version of the 6.2.0 Unicode Character Database files is available for public review.
We strongly encourage implementers to review the summary description, download the beta 6.2.0 Unicode Character Database files,
and test their programs with the new data, well before the end of the beta period. It is especially important
to review the Notable Issues for Beta Reviewers.
We encourage users to check the code charts carefully
to verify correctness of the new characters added to Unicode 6.2.0 and to ensure that there are no regressions
in glyph shapes for previously encoded characters.
|Unicode character database (UCD)
|Summary of beta charts
|Single-block charts with yellow highlighting for new characters
|Single block charts for all of Unicode 6.2.0
Code charts - single download (93MB)
Related Unicode Technical Standards
In addition to the Unicode Standard proper, two other Unicode Technical
Standards have significant text and data file updates that are
correlated with the new additions for Unicode 6.2.0. Review of that text
and data is also encouraged during the beta review period.
Review and Feedback
For guidance on how to focus your review, see the section
Notable Issues for Beta Reviewers.
Any feedback should be
reported using the contact form. Comments on the Unicode Standard Version 6.2.0
or the Unicode Character Database data files, should refer to the beta review
Issue #230. Comments on specific Version 6.2.0 UAXes and UTSes
should refer to the respective Public
Review Issue Numbers for each document.
The comment period ends
July 23, 2012.
All substantive technical comments must have been received by that date for
consideration at the August UTC meeting. Editorial comments (typos,
etc.) may be still submitted after that date for consideration in the final
Note: All beta files may be updated, replaced, or
superseded by other files at any time. The beta files will be
discarded once Unicode 6.2.0 is final. It is inappropriate to cite
these files as other than a work in progress. No
products or implementations should be released based on the beta
UCD data files -- use only the final, approved Version 6.2.0 data
files, expected in September 2012.
The Unicode Consortium provides early access to updated versions of the data files
and text to give reviewers and developers as much time as possible to ensure a problem-free adoption of
The assignment of characters for Unicode 6.2.0 is now stable. There will be no further
additions or modifications of code points and no further changes to character names.
Please do not submit feedback requesting changes to code points
or character names for Unicode 6.2.0, as such feedback is not actionable.
One of the main purposes of the beta review period is to verify and
correct the preliminary character property assignments in the Unicode Character
Database. Reviewers should check for property changes to existing Unicode 6.1.0
characters, as well as the property values for the new Unicode 6.2.0 character
To facilitate verification of the property changes and additions, diffable XML versions
of the Unicode Character Database are available. These XML
files are dated, so that people can check the details of changes that occurred
during the beta review period. The XML
files are in the http://www.unicode.org/Public/6.2.0/diffs/ directory. For more information,
The beta review period is a good opportunity to add support for the new
Unicode 6.2.0 characters in internal versions of software, so that software can
be tested to verify that the new characters and property assignments do not cause
problems when upgraded to Version 6.2.0 of Unicode.
Notable Issues for Beta Reviewers
Some of the Unicode Standard Annexes have substantial modifications for
Unicode 6.2.0, often in coordination with changes to character properties.
For current proposed updates to the particular UAXes, see
Proposed Updates for Standard Annexes
or use the links in the navigation bar on this page.
Particular issues in the UAXes may also be the focus of specific
Public Review Issues.
Each proposed textual change in a UAX is highlighted, so that you can focus
your review on those sections if you have limited time. The changes
are also listed in detail in the Modifications sections (linked from the table
of contents of each document), and are summarized in
so you can check on those areas that might be of most
interest. Some links between beta documents and the proposed
updates for UAXes will not work correctly during the
beta review period. This is a known problem which does
not need to be reported, as such links are links to
the eventual final names or revision numbers for the
Certain character properties for newly assigned characters cannot be
changed after the formal release of each version of the standard, because of the
Character Encoding Stability Policy.
Such character property values need special attention during the beta review process, as they
cannot be corrected after publication. These include:
- Any property affecting Unicode Normalization, including Decomposition_Mapping,
Canonical_Combining_Class, and Composition_Exclusion.
- The determination of whether a character is included in identifiers (XID_Start, XID_Continue).
- Case mappings and case foldings.
Please also check the following specific items carefully:
- There are additional property changes listed in
UAX #44, Unicode
Character Database that may affect some implementations.
- The encoding of the data file for the Unicode names list, NamesList.txt,
has been changed from Latin-1 to UTF-8, to be consistent with the encoding
for all other data files in the UCD. Implementations which parse
NamesList.txt need to be aware of this change in encoding.
- PRI #227 proposes
changes to the Script_Extensions property that will affect
Unicode 6.2, so be sure to check that PRI.
- PRI #228 proposes
changes to the General_Category of some common punctuation characters
to change them to symbols. That change would affect Unicode 6.2, so be
sure to check that PRI.
- PRI #229 proposes
changes to the linebreaking behavior of a large class of pictographic
symbols. Those changes would affect the Line_Break property and the
text of UAX #14 for Unicode 6.2, so be sure to check that PRI.
- There are other changes proposed for text segmentation properties
for certain characters. See the proposed update text for
and UAX #29.
If these changes are made, they would affect property
values (and test cases) in some of the auxiliary data files in
the UCD, as well as the text of those two annexes.
- Informative property values in the Unihan database for two CJK unified
ideographs have been changed:
- U+365B: the kMandarin value changed from zhuān to bǔ
- U+214CC: the kRSUnicode value changed from 32.15 to 32.16, and the
kTotalStrokes value correspondingly changed from 18 to 19