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Sark Emoji Episode 4 - A New Note
On April 12th, a new version of CLDR was released including Sark as a region. It'll be included in Unicode 15.1, which gets its release in September. The organizers also added me to the ~1,000 names in the Acknowledgements section.
So 🎉 it is done! ...right?
The release notes don't mention Sark or its code CQ. The actual changes, such as the validity of CQ in
region.xml and https://www.unicode.org/cldr/charts/43/delta/en.html are there. But if you imagined the announcement to include the header "NEW: SARK" and every staff emoji scientist to have a red phone ringing on their desk... nope. It's not even in
emoji-test.txt after Clipperton Island.
The Sark PRs got merged in late February, just before the alpha release, so I didn't expect a note then. But after the subsequent beta and beta2 (data) didn't mention it, my top theories were:
- there are too many changes in CLDR for a human to comprehend
- I didn't make enough noise about this change
- this change was too obnoxious
I reached out to a contact in the Unicode world. I focused on BCP-47, since I knew this change came from within Unicode, the release note has a specific table for BCP-47 changes, and that table had been generated in early February (pre-Sark).
The conversation convinced me that I'd done OK, and could leave it alone (lest I step on Point 3). In the release, the BCP-47 table got re-generated with more timezone and currency changes. But not Sark?
I also posted issues in the repos for Twemoji and Openmoji, but no one's picked it up yet. So Sark might be falling in a dead zone, where CQ is a valid region in various specs, but no one is aware of it in the emoji font world. I don't know the next steps in Unicode 15.1, but will keep an eye on it.