Re: Euro currency sign

From: Martin J. Dürst (
Date: Thu Oct 16 1997 - 07:36:02 EDT

On Wed, 15 Oct 1997, Tim Greenwood wrote:

> Gary Roberts wrote:

> >While I oppose the modification of ASCII, as an academic exercise
> >I would suggest that \ at 5C would be the least risk position.
> >We already know of several countries that use this code point
> >for their currencies, and continue to function.
> They may continue to function, but it makes life very difficult. The dual
> use of position 5C in JIS201 to represent either \ or Yen symbol depending
> on the usage of the content makes conversion to Unicode rather tricky.

Yes indeed, this is most probably the biggest nightmare of all
conversions from legacy encodings to Unicode/ISO 10646.
And one of the rare occasions in our business where something
is nicely Turing-complete :-).

Regards, Martin.

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