Unicode CLDR version 40 is now available, with approximately
140,000 new or modified data fields.

In this release, the focus is on:

Grammatical features (gender and case)

In many languages, forming grammatical phrases requires dealing
with grammatical gender and case. Without that, it can sound as bad as “on top
of 3 hours” instead of “in 3 hours”. The overall goal for CLDR is to supply
building blocks so that implementations of advanced message formatting can
handle gender and case.

Phase 1 (v39) of grammatical features
included just 12 locales (da, de, es, fr, hi, it, nl, no, pl, pt, ru, sv)
for all units of measurement.
Phase 2 (v40) has expanded the number of
locales by 29 (am, ar, bn, ca, cs, el, fi, gu, he, hr, hu, hy, is, kn, lt,
lv, ml, mr, nb, pa, ro, si, sk, sl, sr, ta, te, uk, ur), but for a more
restricted number of units.
Phase 3 (v41) will further expand the units.

Emoji v14 names and search keywords

CLDR supplies short names and search keywords for the new emoji, so
that implementations can build on them to provide, for example, type-ahead in

Modernized Survey Tool front end

The Survey Tool is used to gather all the data for locales. The
outmoded Javascript infrastructure was modernized to make it easier to add
enhancements (such as the split-screen dashboard) and to fix bugs.

Specification Improvements

The LDML specification has some important fixes and clarifications
for Locale Identifiers, Dates, and Units of Measurement.

Please see the CLDR v40 Release Note
for details, including:

Data Changes

DTD Changes
Supplemental Data Changes
Locale Changes
File Changes
JSON Data Changes

Specification Changes

Locale Identifiers
Units of Measurement

Known Issues

Unicode CLDR provides key building blocks for software supporting the world’s languages. CLDR data is used by all
major software
(including all mobile phones) for their software internationalization and localization, adapting software to the conventions of
different languages.

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