Re: Euro character in ISO

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 19:52:29 EDT

At 01:25 PM 7/11/00 -0800, Leon Spencer wrote:
>Has ISO addressed the Euro character?

Yes. It's at 0x20AC in ISO/IEC 10646-1.

There has been an attempt to create a series of 'touched up' 8859
standards. The problem with these is that you get all the issues of
character set confusion that abound today with e.g. Windows CP 1252
mistaken for 8895-1 with a vengeance: Not only is 8859-15 slightly
different from 8859-1, but the difference involves codes that are perfectly
valid in 8859-1.

Because for 99% of all text, there is no difference, people are almost
certain to mix them up, mislabel HTML files etc. etc.

The only safe way to encode a Euro in HTML appears to be to use Unicode -
e.g. by using 8859-1 together with the numeric character reference (NCR) of


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