Re: Question: Euro Symbol (authoritative answer to question)

From: Joan Aliprand (
Date: Wed Nov 05 1997 - 13:55:03 EST

Stefan Wennik ( asks:

> We are starting to build fonts with the Euro symbol in them and we are
> confused about the UNICODE value we should be putting it under.

The EURO SIGN, which has the *proposed* code point assignment 20AC, is
the character which represents the new Euro currency.

The "Caution" at explains
that code point assignments are not final until approved by both the
Unicode Technical Committee and ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2 (the body responsible for
ISO/IEC 10646). Use of proposed characters prior to final approval is at
the implementer's own risk.

The character 20A0, named EURO-CURRENCY SIGN, is NOT the Euro and is NOT
the Ecu.

20A0 comes from an old Xerox character set, and was included in the
Unicode Standard to support character set conversion.

-- Joan Aliprand
   Chair, Unicode Technical Committee

p.s. to new 'unicode" subscribers:

The issue of the Euro (and the Ecu) was discussed exhaustively on this list
just a few weeks ago. I feel that there is nothing more to say about it
for now.


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