Re: Euro

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 04:38:42 EDT

At 12:13 PM 7/28/00 -0800, Roozbeh Pournader wrote:
>I was not talking about the shape. I think all of us have seen it, and
>many have also read the documents which define its exact shape using a
>ruler and a compass. I was talking about the origin of the shape.

In some sense, except for purists, this discussion is rapidly becoming
moot. The 'euro glyphs' have been out in the wild, on shop displays, in
newsprint etc. for well over a year now.

If you will, the 'common man's' idea of what a proper Euro glyph is, is
fast becoming influenced by what he sees on a daily basis, not by the
origin of the glyph or by the logo (which is prescribed only for its
appearance on the currency itself).

Given the name, I'm sure even the 'non-European' font designers that Werner
likes to blame aren't suggesting that the logo for the 'e'uro is based on a
'c'. However, when you try to put the thing together with the serifs used
in many of the common type faces, the result can indeed look a bit like a
'c'. This seems particularly true for monospaced fonts.


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