Sinhala (Unicode block)

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(128 code points)
Major alphabetsSinhala
Assigned90 code points
Unused38 reserved code points
Unicode version history
3.080 (+80)
7.090 (+10)
Note: [1][2]

Sinhala is a Unicode block containing characters for the Sinhala and Pali languages of Sri Lanka, and is also used for writing Sanskrit in Sri Lanka. The Sinhala allocation is loosely based on the ISCII standard, except that Sinhala contains extra prenasalized consonant letters, leading to inconsistencies with other ISCII-Unicode script allocations.


Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
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1.^ As of Unicode version 12.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Sinhala block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
3.0 U+0D82..0D83, 0D85..0D96, 0D9A..0DB1, 0DB3..0DBB, 0DBD, 0DC0..0DC6, 0DCA, 0DCF..0DD4, 0DD6, 0DD8..0DDF, 0DF2..0DF4 80 L2/97-019 N1480 Ginige, S. L. (1996-11-15), Request to add Sinhalese to 10646 based on recent Sinhalese Standard (SLS 1134-1996)
L2/97-019.1 Sri Lanka standard Sinhala character code for information interchange
L2/97-018 N1473R Everson, Michael (1997-03-01), Proposal for encoding the Sinhala script in ISO/IEC 10646 (revision 1)
N1532 Ross, Hugh McGregor (1997-03-07), Comment on Sri Lanka Proposal for Sinhala Script
L2/97-145 N1589 Everson, Michael (1997-06-13), Mapping of Sinhala between ISO/IEC 10646 and SLS 1134
N1585 Disanayaka, J. B. (1997-06-25), Towards Standard Sinhala Character Code
N1584 Adams, Glenn (1997-06-30), Feedback on Sinhala Script Proposals (N1480, N 1473R, etc.)
L2/97-158 N1613 Report of ad-hoc group on Sinhala encoding, 1997-07-02
L2/97-288 N1603 Umamaheswaran, V. S. (1997-10-24), "8.7", Unconfirmed Meeting Minutes, WG 2 Meeting # 33, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 20 June - 4 July 1997
L2/98-319 N1896 Revised text of 10646-1/FPDAM 21, AMENDMENT 21: Sinhala, 1998-10-22
7.0 U+0DE6..0DEF 10 L2/08-007 Inclusion of archaic Sinhala numerals in the Sinhala character code range, 2008-01-07
L2/08-068 Dias, Gihan (2008-01-28), Archaic Sinhala Numerals
L2/08-105 Observations on the Encoding of Archaic Sinhala Numerals in Unicode/UCS, 2008-02-05
L2/10-165 Dias, Gihan (2010-05-03), Preliminary Proposal to Encode Sinhala Digits and Numerals
L2/10-312 Dias, Gihan (2010-08-10), Proposal to Encode Sinhala Archaic Numerals and Numbers
L2/10-337 N3888 Proposal to include Sinhala Numerals to the BMP and SMP of the UCS, 2010-08-19
N3888-A Senaweera, L. N. (2010-09-10), Sri Lanka's proposal on Sinhala Numerals for inclusion in Information Technology - Universal Multiple Octet Coded Character Set, ISO/IEC 10646 : 2003
N3888-B Unicode Character Properties of Sinhala Lith Illakkam (Sinhala Astrological Digits) and Sinhala Illakkam or Sinhala Archaic Numbers
L2/10-433 Wijayawardhana, Harsha; et al. (2010-10-23), RE: Background information on the use of Sinhala Numerals (L2/10-337)
L2/10-416R Moore, Lisa (2010-11-09), UTC #125 / L2 #222 Minutes
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.