Euro symbol, US-ASCII and ISO 8859-1 (Latin 1)

From: Hart, Edwin F. (HartEF1@APLMSG.JHUAPL.EDU)
Date: Wed Oct 15 1997 - 11:41:10 EDT

At this point in time,

1. The US plans to avoid any changes to 7-bit ASCII (ANSI X3.4-1986).
2. I am aware of no plans of SC 2/WG 3 to change the 7-bit code
standard, ISO/IEC 646, and the international reference version (IRV)
of ISO/IEC 646 (beyond adopting the ISO/IEC 646 character names for
the characters). Note that the IRV is the same as 7-bit ASCII, and
7-bit ASCII is the US national version of ISO/IEC 646.
3. SC 2/WG 3 has defined a new part of ISO/IEC 8859 ("Latin 0") to
include the Euro symbol and the ballot is out to the national
standards organizations for voting.

In my opinion, ISO/IEC will adopt Latin 0 as an international standard
much sooner than the Dec. 31, 1998 deadline of the European

Ed Hart

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