Re: New Draft ISO 8859-0

From: Markus G. Kuhn (
Date: Mon Jul 14 1997 - 16:56:23 EDT wrote on 1997-07-14 15:21 UTC:
> Alain:
> >That said, the EURO will be required anyway even if the character does not
> >exist and it is going to cost money.
> The EURO exists (or will soon exist in 10646 and Unicode). That is
> good enough. Face it, 8 bits is not enough for the EC. It is time to
> just do it - convert to Unicode.


In addition, let me note that the following EU currencies currently do not
have a symbol associated with them in Latin-1, and that it is therefore
*highly unlikely* that the users in those countries will start to
miss it urgently on their typewriters and PC keyboards in 1999:

Code Code
Alpha Numeric Currency Entity
------- ------- ----------------------- ------------------------------
ATS 040 Schilling Austria
BEF 056 Belgian Franc Belgium
CHF 756 Swiss Franc Liechtenstein
DEM 280 Deutsche Mark Germany
DKK 208 Danish Krone Denmark
ESP 724 Spanish Peseta Spain
FIM 246 Markka Finland
FRF 250 French Franc France
GRD 300 Drachma Greece
ITL 380 Lira Italy
LUF 442 Luxembourg Franc Luxembourg
NLG 528 Netherlands Guilder Netherlands

I somehow suspect that this whole Latin-00 project is primarily motivated
in order to get the LATIN LIGATURE OE for the French language back in, and
that the EURO SYMBOL is just a convenient political trick to get broader

How will Latin-00 be called eventually in the Standard? I guess "Latin
Alphabet No. 7" and ISO 8859-11 will be the next free numbers, right?


Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Science grad student, Purdue
University, Indiana, USA -- email:

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