Sunday, May 31, 2015

Online Unicode utilities

Unicode® 8.0 is only a couple of weeks away now…

The online Unicode utilities are now updated to the near-final Unicode data (thanks to ICU’s development version). For those of you who aren't familiar with those utilities, they provide developers with online access to certain aspects of Unicode properties and features.

For example, here’s a listing of the Unicode 8.0 characters, grouped by script, with an abbreviated list style. Of course, the new 8.0 characters won't have glyphs yet, unless you're using a preview font. For the 7.0 characters, I find the following font sites particularly useful: 
Aside from the new characters and properties, there is one small addition to those utilities, the set of emoji from the soon-to-be-released Unicode Emoji. That set can now be examined and used in boolean combinations in the online utilities. For example, here’s a listing of all the emoji characters, restricted to individual code points, and grouped by Unicode version.

The CSS file for the demos has been updated to include "Apple Color Emoji" and "Segoe UI Emoji", so the emoji should show up with an emoji presentation on your browser on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhones. If you know of other common emoji color fonts that should be added, please let me know.