[Python-Dev] Unicode 5.1.0

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Aug 25 20:15:36 CEST 2008

On 2008-08-25 19:34, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> On Aug 21, 2008, at 6:30 PM, Terry Reedy wrote:
>> http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode5.1.0/
>> "Unicode 5.1.0 contains over 100,000 characters, and provides
>> significant additions and improvements..." to existing features,
>> including new files and upgrades to existing files.  Sounds close to
>> adding features ;-)
> I agree.  This seriously feels like new, potentially high risk code to
> be adding this late in the game.  The BDFL can always override, but
> unless someone is really convincing that this is low risk high benefit,
> I'd vote no for 2.6/3.0.

The above quote from the Unicode site is misleading in this context.

Guido's request was just for updating the Unicode database with
the data from 5.1 - without adding new support for properties or
changing the interfaces.

See this page for a list of changes to the Unicode database:


The main file used for the unicodedata module is called "UnicodeData.txt".

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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