Re: EURO SIGN in Unicode

From: jenkins (
Date: Tue Jul 08 1997 - 17:00:24 EDT

On 7/8/97 1:00 PM, "Markus G. Kuhn" ( wrote:

>Kenneth Whistler wrote on 1997-07-08 19:10 UTC:
>> The following character has already been accepted for the Unicode
>> Standard by the Unicode Technical Committee:
>> It was presumably discussed at the WG2 meeting last week in Crete for
>> parallel addition to ISO/IEC 10646.
>Thanks for the update!
>Was there some discussion about how the existing strange character
>originally got into Unicode? There was some suspicion on comp.std.internat
>raised that this position was originally intended as a place holder for the
>euro symbol, but at the time the Unicode standard was printed, it was not
>known yet what this symbol will eventually look like, so someone made up
>this C/E symbol.

That is basically correct. I believe the finger was ultimately pointed
at Joe Becker.

>Anyway, a related question: How well are the design decisions for
>Unicode documented. Is there any rational database where there is
>some comment text stored for every character that explains why this
>character was added and what other references justified the addition
>of this character? If not, something like this would be very useful
>to have.

I think this would be an excellent suggestion, but, unfortunately, I
don't think anybody has the time to create it. We are trying to be more
proactive about maintaining paper trails for stuff currently in the
pipeline, but as with many areas, we can only do what people volunteer to
do. :-(

John H. Jenkins

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