In The Unicode Standard, Malayalam script implementation is discussed in  Chapter 12 South and Central Asia-I: Official Scripts of India.

The Malayalam script was first encoded in The Unicode Standard version 1.0. The script is encoded in the following block:

BlocksCharacter RangeAdded in Unicode VersionDocumentation
Malayalam 0D00..0D7F 1.0  U0D00

Vedic Extensions may be used with the Malayalam script as well as many other Indic scripts.

Subsequent to version 1.0, the following characters have been added to the Malayalam script:

CharactersUnicode VersionDocumentation
0D00 10.0  WG2 N4517,  L2/14-003
0D01 7.0  WG2 N3964,  L2/10-392
0D29 6.0  n3494.pdf/ L2/08-325
0D3A 6.0  n3494.pdf/ L2/08-325
0D3B 10.0  L2/14-015
0D3C 10.0  L2/14-014
0D3D 5.1  n3015.pdf/ L2/05-309,  L2/06-166
0D44 5.1  n3015.pdf/ L2/05-309
0D4E 6.0  n3676.pdf// L2/09-245
0D4F 9.0  WG2 N4538,  L2/14-016,  L2/14-135
0D54 9.0  WG2 N4540,  L2/14-013
0D55 9.0  WG2 N4539,  L2/14-017
0D56 9.0  WG2 N4428,  L2/13-063
0D58..0D5E 9.0  WG2 N4429,  L2/13-051
0D5F 8.0  WG2 N4312,  L2/12-225
0D62 5.1  n3015.pdf/ L2/05-309
0D63 5.1  n3235.pdf/ L2/07-095
0D70..0D72 5.1  n2970.pdf/ L2/05-175
0D73..0D75 5.1  n2970.pdf/ L2/05-175
0D76..0D78 9.0  WG2 N4429,  L2/13-051
0D79 5.1  n3015.pdf/ L2/05-309
0D7A..0D7F 5.1  n3126.pdf/ L2/06-207

Documentation refers to  ISO Working Group and Unicode proposals

A number of proposals for its inclusion have been submitted to the Unicode Technical Committee and WG2:

1971-03-23 Malayalam Script - Adoption of New Script for Use - Orders Issued (1971) — Gov't of Kerala ( L2/08-039)

2000-11-15 Unicode representation of Indian Scripts — M.N. Cooper ( L2/00-417)

2003-03-05 Conjuncts: making sure we are right — Michael Everson ( L2/03-113)

2003-09-09 Unicode Malayalam rendering page — Rajkumar S ( L2/03-309)

2004-03-09 Indic scripts collation grouping; CTT suggestion — Kent Karlsson ( WG2 2716.doc,  L2/04-109)

2004-06-30 Proposal on Clarification and Consolidation of the Function of ZERO WIDTH JOINER in Indic Scripts — Peter Constable ( L2/04-279)

2004-08-04 Response to Public Review Issue #37 — Antoine Leca ( L2/04-328)

2005-02-07 Issues in Representation of Indic Scripts in Unicode (Unicode Conference Presentation) — Om Vikas ( L2/05-063)

2005-03-14 Chilling effects of the Chillu: Encoding Problems in Malayalam (background doc) - relates to PRI #66 — Mahesh T Pai ( L2/05-081)

2005-04-09 Correcting Malayalam Digit Zero glyph (U+0D66), and, adding Malayalam numerics (U+0D70, U+0D71, U+0D72) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/05-087)

2005-04-29 Malayalam zero glyph (background information) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/05-104)

2005-05-02 Encoding of Chillu forms in Malayalam (PRI #66 feedback) — Cibu C Johny ( L2/05-085)

2005-05-03 Public Review Issue #66, Encoding of chillu forms in Malayalam (background doc) — Rick McGowan ( L2/05-112)

2005-05-11 Comments on PRI 66: Mayalam cillaksarams — Eric Muller ( L2/05-148)

2005-05-12 Malayalam numeric forms — Peter Constable ( L2/05-152)

2005-05-13 Malayalam chillu ka — Peter Constable ( L2/05-154)

2005-06-07 Public Review Issue #71, Questions on Malayalam Digits — Rick McGowan ( L2/05-162)

2005-07-05 Proposal to change the glyph of Malayalam Digit Zero — Kerala State IT Mission (P. Sreekumar) ( L2/05-165)

2005-07-08 Evidence for the correct symbols used for zero,10,100,1000 and fractions in Malayalam — K.G.Sulochana ( L2/05-164)

2005-07-21 Malayalam related topics (PRI #71) — Cibu C Johny ( L2/05-173)

2005-07-29 Proposal to includes Malayalam Numbers as distinct characters — Kerala State IT Mission (P. Sreekumar) ( L2/05-175)

2005-08-04 Public Review Issue #71: Questions on Malayalam Digits — Rick McGowan ( L2/05-201)

2005-08-05 Chandrakkala. Samvruthokaram. Chillaksharam, from the perspective of Malayalam Collation — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan ( L2/05-210)

2005-08-07 Samvruthokaram and Chandrakkala (accompanies L2/05-210) — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan ( L2/05-213)

2005-08-07 Chillaksharam of Malayalam Language (accompanies L2/05-210) — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan ( L2/05-214)

2005-08-23 Proposal to add 3 Malayalam Numbers 10, 100, 1000 and 3 Fraction symbols 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 — V.S. Umamaheswaran ( WG2 N2970,  L2/05-295)

2005-08-23 Correct the glyph shape of Malayalam digit zero - Editorial Corrigendum (WG2 N2971) — V.S. Umamaheswaran ( WG2 N2971,  L2/05-296)

2005-08-23 Malayalam Language — Inclusion of Chillu characters — Kerala State IT Mission ( L2/05-236)

2005-08-31 Letter to Mark Davis from Om Vikas re Malayalam Chillus — Om Vikas ( L2/05-246)

2005-09-06 Proposal to include Malayalam Symbols (four fractions) — Kerala State IT Mission ( L2/05-249)

2005-10-21 ZWJ/ZWNJ behavior under Indic scripts with special reference to chillu, conjuncts, etc in Malayalam — Rajeev J Sebastian ( L2/05-307)

2005-10-21 Problems of Malayalam Encoding in the Indic context (Rachana's response to Malayalam encoding debate) — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan (Rachana Akshara Vedi) ( L2/05-308)

2005-10-21 General category and bidi property for some Indic characters — Asmus Freytag ( L2/05-304)

2005-10-24 Proposal for addition of characters to Malayalam Block — R. Chitrajakumar ( WG2 N3015,  L2/05-309)

2005-10-24 Rachana Documents (cover letter for L2/05-307, 308, 309) — R. Chitrajakumar (Rachana Akshara Vedi) ( L2/05-310)

2005-10-24 Comments on 5.0 properties, and property consistency, for some Indic characters (introduced before 5.0) — Kent Karlsson ( L2/05-316)

2005-10-25 Critical review of Rachana (L2/05-210) and arguments for encoding Malayalam Chillus — Cibu C Johny ( L2/05-334)

2005-10-28 Chillu and Semivowel examples (this is an addendum to L2/05-308) — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan ( L2/05-354)

2005-11-17 Chillus, Samvrithokaram and Chandrakkala - A Problem Which is Not — Mahesh T. Pai ( L2/05-372)

2005-11-30 Malayalam keyboard layout and character encoding. Report of the Government of Kerala Committee, May 2001 — Gov't of Kerala ( L2/05-373)

2006-04-17 Dravidian script "markers" code-points in Unicode — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-134)

2006-05-04 Public Review Issue #93: Representation of Malayalam /au/ Vowel in Traditional and Modern Orthography — Rick McGowan ( L2/06-156)

2006-05-07 Shan-Related Issues with N3080: Preliminary proposal for encoding Karen, Shan, and Kayah Characters — Richard Wordingham, Patrick Chew ( L2/06-170)

2006-05-08 Malayalam Sign Avagraha and Malayalam Day Sign in Unicode (0D00-0D7F) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-166)

2006-05-12 The Chillu Issue — Govt of India, MIT ( L2/06-189)

2006-05-12 Annexure 1 - Chillu Evidence, 2 pages — Govt of India, MIT ( L2/06-190)

2006-05-14 Malayalam cillaksarams — Eric Muller ( WG2 N3126,  L2/06-207)

2006-05-19 Malayalam Chillu Encoding (e-mail to McGowan, Muller, Umamaheswaran, et al) — R. Chitrajakumar ( L2/06-218)

2006-06-17 Comments on Indic Block Descriptions — Peter Constable ( L2/06-225)

2006-07-27 Proposal to revise names for Malayalam chillus — V.S. Umamaheswaran ( L2/06-247)

2006-07-31 Malayalam Fractions and Letter-Numerals — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-260)

2006-07-31 Proposal to encode Malayalam Consonant Sign Cillu — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-261)

2006-07-31 Cillaksharam R and a comment on Cillu letter names (L2/06-247) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-270)

2006-08-10 Letter to Mark Davis re Issues in encoding Malayalam in Unicode — V.S. Achuthanandan ( L2/06-296)

2006-10-20 Malayalam cillaksharam YA — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-337)

2006-10-21 Malayalam cillaksharam TA — Naga Ganesan ( L2/06-343)

2006-11-14 Chillu encoding is wrong — R. Chitrajakumar, N. Gangadharan, Rajeev J. Sebastian ( L2/06-396)

2007-01-15 Recommendations of the Committee on Malayalam Character Encoding and Key Board Lay out Standardization Accepted — Gov't of Kerala ( L2/07-012)

2007-01-15 Report of the Committee on Malayalam Character Encoding and Keyboard Layout Standardization - Sept 2001. Replaces L2/05-373 — Gov't of Kerala ( L2/07-013)

2007-01-18 Workshop - The Problems in Unicode Encoding of Malayalam — N. Sam ( L2/07-034)

2007-01-30 Letter from Chief Minister Achuthanandan (Kerala) to Mark Davis re Malayalam Chillu encoding — V. S. Achuthanandan ( L2/07-031)

2007-01-30 Atomic chillus causes spoofing — Rajeev J Sebastian ( L2/07-035)

2007-01-30 Malayalam/Comparison of Chillu Encoding Proposals — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-036)

2007-01-30 Malayalam/Dot Reph — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-037)

2007-01-30 Malayalam/Representation of Vowellessness — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-038)

2007-01-30 Malayalam/PR 96: feedback — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-041)

2007-02-02 Report of the Workshop on Problems of Unicode encoding of Malayalam conducted at University of Kerala on January 24-25, 2007 — N. Sam ( L2/07-057)

2007-02-05 Letter from Rajeev J Sebasian to Mark Davis re Malayalam Encoding in Unicode — Rajeev J Sebastian ( L2/07-062)

2007-02-06 Notes on PRI #96 Feedback — Rajeev J Sebastian ( L2/07-061)

2007-02-06 Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Chillus in Malayalam — K P Mohanan ( L2/07-064)

2007-02-06 Atomic Chillu Encoding Issue — Mahesh Mangalat ( L2/07-065)

2007-02-07 Letter from Swaran Lata supporting Chillu Encoding — Swaran Lata ( L2/07-066)

2007-02-22 Visuals and corresponding storage representations of the edge cases in Malayalam — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-090)

2007-04-21 Changes related to Malayalam in Unicode 5.1.0 from 5.0 — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-129)

2007-04-26 Proposal to encode characters for Vedic Sanskrit in the BMP of the UCS — Michael Everson and Peter Scharf (editors), Michel Angot, R. Chandrashekar, Malcolm Hyman, Susan Rosenfield, B. V. Venkatakrishna Sastry, Michael Witzel ( WG2 N3235,  L2/07-095)

2007-05-13 PR 96: Backgound information for Malayalam — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-173)

2007-05-25 Proposal to encode four characters for Oriya and Malayalam in the BMP of the UCS — Michael Everson, Peter Scharf ( WG2 N3272,  L2/07-196)

2007-07-31 Proposal to encode Malayalam Chillu YA in the UCS — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-242)

2007-08-17 Proposal to add three characters for Malayalam to the BMP — Michael Everson ( WG2 N3295,  L2/07-283)

2007-10-15 Correction to L2/07-090, L2/07-129 on how Malayalam Chillus used in boundary cases — Cibu C Johny ( L2/07-393)

2007-10-19 Malayalam Chillus in grapheme clusters — Cibu Johny, Umesh Nair ( L2/07-402)

2008-01-28 Atomic chillu's are Unacceptable — Praveen A, Anivar Aravind, Santhosh Thottingal, Baiju.M ( L2/08-038)

2008-01-28 Comments on L2/07-402: Malayalam Chillus in Grapheme clusters — Naga Ganesan ( L2/08-040)

2008-01-28 Malayalam Reph with ZWJ joiner — Naga Ganesan ( L2/08-041)

2008-01-28 Comments on the Malayalam related text in Unicode 5.1.0 — K. G. Sulochana ( L2/08-069)

2008-01-29 Malayalam Feedback from the Online Reporting Form — Rick McGowan ( L2/08-076)

2008-01-30 Malayalam: Comparison of Dot-Reph Proposals in 5.1 — Cibu Johny, Umesh Nair ( L2/08-020)

2008-03-02 Criteria for the encoding of script-specific dandas — Unicode and US National Body ( WG2 N3457,  L2/08-118)

2008-05-02 Dot-Reph and Subscript YA/VA Sequences in Malayalam Unicode — Naga Ganesan ( L2/08-195)

2008-08-08 Malayalam: Comparison of Dot-Reph Proposals — Cibu C Johny ( L2/08-306)

2008-08-08 Malayalam: Comparison of Dot-Reph Proposals (Re: L2/08-411) — Cibu C Johny ( L2/09-056)

2008-08-14 Proposal to add two characters for Malayalam to the BMP of the UCS — Michael Everson ( WG2 N3494,  L2/08-325)

2008-10-22 Malayalam: Valid combining mark contexts — Cibu C Johny ( L2/08-389)

2009-01-08 Malayalam: Valid combining mark contexts (Re: L2/08-411) — Cibu C Johny ( L2/09-057)

2009-01-27 Malayalam: Adopting CLDR collation tailoring by DUCET — Cibu C Johny ( L2/09-069)

2009-02-01 GOI inputs on Representation of Malayalam Dot Reph — Manoj Jain ( L2/09-072)

2009-05-01 Proposal to encode Malayalam Dot-Reph character — Cibu Johny, US NB ( WG2 N3676,  L2/09-178,  L2/09-245)

2009-05-04 Comment on L2/09-178: Malayalam Dot-Reph — Naga Ganesan ( L2/09-196)

2009-05-08 Deprecated Telugu and Malayalam reph sequences — Naga Ganesan ( L2/09-203)

2009-10-06 Request for annotations to be added to Malayalam NNNA and TTTA — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/09-341)

2009-10-27 Encoding of Dot Reph of Malayalam and Change in glyph for Avagraha in Malayalam — Swaran Lata ( L2/09-378)

2009-11-01 Comment on L2/09-372 (Number of Viramas in closely related Malayalam and Grantha scripts) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/09-405)

2010-08-21 Comments on L2/09-405, L2/10-297, L2/10-298 and L2/10-303 — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/10-332)

2010-10-11 Request to encode South Indian candrabindu-s — Shriramana Sharma ( WG2 N3964,  L2/10-392)

2012-01-12 Request to change the representative glyph of 0D3A MALAYALAM LETTER TTTA — Shriramana Sharma ( WG2 N4216,  L2/12-021)

2012-03-17 Request for editorial updates to various Indic scripts — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/12-106)

2012-05-02 Further editorial updates for Indic — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/12-164)

2012-05-22 Proposal to encode 0D5F MALAYALAM LETTER ARCHAIC II — Shriramana Sharma ( WG2 N4312,  L2/12-225)

2012-07-17 Comments on Encoding "Duplicate" Indic Characters — Vinodh Rajan ( L2/12-233)

2012-07-25 Comment on archaic Malayalam glyph II encoding & Grantha writing of Dravidian languages — Naga Ganesan ( L2/12-273)

2012-07-31 Indic Scripts in Unicode — Eric Muller ( L2/12-289)

2013-01-28 Specifying Optional Malayalam Conjuncts — Cibu Johny, Roozbeh Pournader ( L2/13-035)

2013-01-29 Old and New Chillus in Malayalam and implications for Sinhala — Roozbeh Pournader, Cibu Johny ( L2/13-036)

2013-03-09 Response to PRI 250 on mechanisms to specify optional conjuncts in Malayalam — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/13-048)

2013-04-25 Proposal to encode Malayalam minor fractions — Shriramana Sharma ( WG2 N4429,  L2/13-051)

2013-04-25 Questions re the Malayalam fractions proposal — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/13-076)

2013-05-01 Background Document for PRI #250: Proposal to Specify Optional Conjuncts in Malayalam — Cibu C Johny ( L2/13-087)

2013-05-10 Letter from Gov't of India to Lisa Moore re recent documents — Rajendra Kumar ( L2/13-124)

2013-05-15 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM LETTER CHILLU LLL (updated) — Cibu C Johny ( WG2 N4428,  L2/13-063)

2013-11-02 Proposal for a Mechanism to Select from Multiple Malayalam C2-conjoining Forms — Cibu C Johny ( L2/13-219)

2013-11-02 Comments on revised PRI 250 document on Malayalam conjoining forms — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/13-222)

2013-11-07 Samples for usage of dandas in Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Tamil — Roozbeh Pournader ( L2/13-224)

2013-12-26 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM LETTER CHILLU Y — Cibu C Johny ( WG2 N4539,  L2/14-017)

2013-12-30 Proposal to encode 0D00 MALAYALAM SIGN COMBINING ANUSVARA ABOVE — Shriramana Sharma ( WG2 N4517,  L2/14-003)

2014-01-08 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM LETTER CHILLU M — Cibu C Johny ( WG2 N4540,  L2/14-013)

2014-01-09 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM SIGN CIRCULAR VIRAMA — Cibu Johny, Shiju Alex, Sunil V S ( L2/14-014)

2014-01-10 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM SIGN VERTICAL BAR VIRAMA — Cibu Johny, Shiju Alex, Sunil V S ( L2/14-015)

2014-01-16 Proposal to encode MALAYALAM SIGN PARA — Cibu C Johny ( WG2 N4538,  L2/14-016)

2014-01-20 Response to PRI 263 on Malayalam — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/14-019)

2014-01-23 Feedback on Malayalam Anusvara Above Proposal (L2/14-003) — Cibu C Johny ( L2/14-029)

2014-01-30 Background document for PRI #263, Proposal for Sequences to Select From Multiple C2-Conjoining Forms in Malayalam — Cibu C Johny ( L2/14-043)

2014-02-05 A bag of suggested improvements to Unicode’s provisional Indic properties — Roozbeh Pournader, Behdad Esfahbod ( L2/14-065)

2014-02-17 Evidence for considerable usage of the Malayalam anusvara above — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/14-069)

2014-05-02 Background Document for PRI 263: Proposal for Sequences to Select From Multiple C2-Conjoining Forms in Malayalam — Cibu C Johny ( L2/14-113)

2014-05-07 Request to move the Malayalam Sign Para from 0D65 to 0D4F — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/14-135)

2014-05-08 Improvements requested for Unicode Indic properties — Roozbeh Pournader ( L2/14-126)

2014-10-30 Clarifications re the proposed 0D00 MALAYALAM SIGN COMBINING ANUSVARA ABOVE — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/14-292)

2014-12-16 Malayalam Ordinal Indicator — Håkan Davidsson ( L2/14-303)

2015-01-26 Comment on L2/14-003: Any need for Combining Anusvara Sign Above in Malayalam Block? — Naga Ganesan ( L2/15-011)

2015-01-27 Comment on L2/14-15R: Malayalam Sign Vertical Bar Virama (Chillu Virama Sign) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/15-021)

2015-01-27 Comment on Malayalam circular Virama sign (L2/14-014r) — Naga Ganesan ( L2/15-024)

2015-02-02 Response to the proposal to encode Malayalam ordinal indicator L2/14-303 — Cibu Johny ( L2/15-063)

2015-07-16 Request to change the representative glyph of MALAYALAM VOWEL SIGN VOCALIC RR — Srinidhi A, Sridatta A ( L2/15-174)

2017-06-29 On the Origin of Malayalam Candrakkala — Srinidhi A, Sridatta A ( L2/17-207)

Recommendations to UTC #152 July-August 2017 on Script Proposals ( L2/17-255) (See point 8.)

UTC #152 Minutes ( L2/17-222) (See D.11.1 for decision and action items)

2017-07-18 Feedback on L2/17-207 on Malayalam Chandrakala — Shriramana Sharma ( L2/17-230)

Recommendations to UTC #152 July-August 2017 on Script Proposals ( L2/17-255) (See point 8.)

UTC #152 Minutes ( L2/17-222) (See D.11.2 for decision and action items)