Von: Michael Everson <email@example.com>
An: Unicode List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 30. September 1999 13:48
Betreff: Re: A basic question on encoding Latin characters
> The standard encodes:
> U+0191 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER F WITH HOOK
> U+0192 LATIN SMALL LETTER F WITH HOOK
> The second of these is currently unified with *FLORIN SIGN, which is used
> as a currency sign and (on the Mac for instance) as an abbreviation for
> "folder" in directory names. The problem is that the *FLORIN SIGN is
> always drawn as a swash italic, while the African letter is supposed to
> have its usual vertical alignment in plain text. *FLORIN SIGN is widely
> implemented on Macs and PCs and has been mapped to U+0192.
> Possible choices:
> 1. Do nothing. Leave it to the font makers to make special fonts for Ewe.
> 2. Do nothing now. Wait for Ewe users to complain.
> 3. Disunify. Add FLORIN SIGN to the currency symbol block and remap Mac
> PC characters to it instead of U+0192.
> 4. Disunify. Add LATIN SMALL LETTER AFRICAN F WITH HOOK and change the
> mapping for U+0191 to this rather than to U+0192.
> It is necessary for industry to assess the costs and benefits of
If choice 3 is considered best of these, maybe there is an even more
5. Disunify. Add FLORIN SIGN to the currency symbol block. Add a FOLDER
SYMBOL to the Miscellaneous Symbols block (or wherever appropriate) [or
choose an already existing symbol] and remap Mac characters to it instead of
U+0192, as long as the use of that character there is predominantly the
If a remapping is due anyway, in my opinion a misuse of a character of a
group with specific purpose (currency symbol, in this case) for a completely
different purpose should not be introduced in advance, without any
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