From: Jim Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 01 2002 - 11:18:23 EDT
Kenneth Whistler posted:
"It is a deeper subject to figure out how the LIRA SIGN got into
Unicode 1.0 in the first place, and I don't have all the
relevant documents to hand to track it down. It was certainly
already in the April 1990 pre-publication draft of Unicode 1.0
which was widely circulated."
The distinction between pound currency sign and lira currency sign
appears in the HP Roman-8 character set, still the default character set
in HP laser printers. See http://www.kostis.net/charsets/hproman8.htm.
AF is LIRA SIGN and BB is POUND SIGN.
Someone must have thought the difference significant to include both
glyphs in that set. This might be the source for Unicode. Not including
both symbols would have broken encoding to Roman-8.
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