The Unicode Consortium announced the release of the new version of the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (Unicode CLDR 1.8), providing key building blocks for software to support the world’s languages.
CLDR 1.8 contains data for 186 languages and 159 territories: 501 locales in all. Version 1.8 of the repository contains over 22% more locale data than the previous release, with over 42,000 new or modified data items from over 300 different contributors.
For this release, the Unicode Consortium partnered with ANLoc, the African Network for Localization, a project sponsored by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to help extend modern computing on the African continent. ANLoc’s vision is to empower Africans to participate in the digital age by enabling their languages in computers. A sub-project of ANLoc, called Afrigen, focuses on creating African locales.
For more information about Unicode CLDR 1.8, see the CLDR 1.8 Release Note.
This is an output of the ANLoc project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and managed by Translate. The Locales component was produced by project partners IT+46 (technical and tool building) and Kamusi (community and management).