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Unicode CLDR Version 1.3 and Locale Data Markup Language Specification (LDML 1.3)

Unicode Releases Common Locale Data Repository, Version 1.3

Mountain View, CA, USA. June 02, 2005.

The Unicode Consortium announced today the release of new versions of the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR 1.3) and the Locale Data Markup Language specification (LDML 1.3), providing key building blocks for software to support the world's languages. CLDR is by far the largest standard repository of locale data. This new release contains data for 296 locales: 96 languages and 130 territories. For the first time in CLDR, POSIX formatted data is also available.

To support users in different languages, programs must not only use translated text, but must also be adapted to local conventions. These conventions differ by language or region and include the formatting of numbers, dates, times, and currency values, as well as support for differences in measurement units or text sorting order. Most operating systems and many application programs currently maintain their own repositories of locale data to support these conventions. But such data are often incomplete, idiosyncratic, or gratuitously different from program to program. In the age of the internet, software components must work together seamlessly, without the problems caused by these discrepancies.

The CLDR project provides a general XML format, LDML, for the exchange of locale information used in application and system software development, combined with a public repository for a common set of locale data in that format. In this release, there are major additions to the CLDR data, to the LDML specification, and in implementation support.

For more information about the CLDR project, with details about the new features in this release and the languages and territories supported, see

About the Unicode Consortium

The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop, extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard and related globalization standards.

The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing industry. Members are: Adobe Systems, L'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, Apple Computer, Basis Technology, Government of India — Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan — National Language Authority, HP, IBM, Justsystem, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, RLG, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, The University of California at Berkeley, VeriSign, and about one hundred Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.

For more information, please contact the Unicode Consortium (


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "XML and Unicode."

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