Re: When is a character a currency sign?

From: Philippe Verdy (verdy_p@wanadoo.fr)
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 16:50:28 EDT

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    On Monday, July 07, 2003 9:41 PM, Michael Everson <everson@evertype.com> wrote:

    > At 15:03 -0400 2003-07-07, Tex Texin wrote:
    >
    > > When is a character properly called a currency sign?
    >
    > Hunh? When you use it to represent currency. DM was two characters
    > used as a character sign in Germany.

    As well as now the "EUR" international currency code, usable also
    as a symbol when the Euro sign is not available.

    Same thing for "JPY" (Japanese Yen), "USD" (US Dollar), "GBP" (British
    Sterling Pound), "BRR" (Brasilian Real), "THB" (Thai Bath), or "XEU"
    (the past European Currency Unit replaced by the Euro in a different
    area of countries excluding GB and DK, but including four non EU
    member countries: AD, MC, SM, VA, which were previously not in
    the ECU "basket")...

    The old symbol for the Italian Lira or the Turkish Pound is a handscripted
    lowercase L, which is not strictly a currency sign.

    Unlike the old Peseta symbol, or the French Franc symbol (this one was
    rarely used at least with the "representative" glyph: on old French
    typesetters a narrow and kerned "Fr" abbreviation was printed on the key
    that is now used for the Superscript 2 Digit () character on modern
    computer keyboards).

    -- Philippe.



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