Re: Euro for Cyrillics

From: Deborah Goldsmith (
Date: Fri Sep 10 1999 - 16:49:55 EDT

> Apple's solution to the euro problem was to replace the generic currency
> symbol (decimal 219). Personally, I have trouble seeing this as anything
> but a short term solution.

We replaced the generic currency symbol because the MacRoman character set
was completely full. We had to pick a victim to replace to allow the Euro to
be encoded, and that was the one we picked.

We still have the currency symbol in our fonts, but it is now only
accessible through the Unicode cmap.

In Cyrillic, we faced a similar problem. We are in the process of revising
the Cyrillic encoding, and the Euro will again replace the generic currency
sign, in this case at decimal 255 (0xFF).

Apple's character set mappings can be found at:

Unfortunately, they need to be updated; the Cyrillic map there is out of

Deborah Goldsmith
Manager, International Toolbox Group
Apple Computer, Inc.

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