Unicode® ICU 72 has just been released. ICU is the
premier library for
software internationalization
, used by a
wide array of companies and organizations
to support the
world’s languages, implementing both the latest version of the Unicode Standard
and of the Unicode locale data (CLDR). ICU 72 updates to

Unicode 15
, and to

locale data with various additions and

ICU 72 and CLDR 42 are major releases, including a new version of Unicode and major locale data improvements.

ICU 72 adds two technology preview implementations based on draft Unicode specifications:

Formatting of people’s names in multiple languages (CLDR background on why this feature is being added and what it does)
An enhanced version of message formatting

This release also updates to the time zone data version 2022e (2022-oct). Note that pre-1970 data for a number of time zones has been removed, as has been the case in the upstream tzdata release since 2021b.

For details, please see

Over 144,000 characters are available for adoption
to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages