Re: FW: When is a character a currency sign?

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 16:56:41 EDT

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    I guess the fact that yen sign, won sign, etc. are sometimes used as a file
    separators, doesn't diminish their perception as currency signs (or because
    they are functions picked up after they were established as signs). ;-)

    OK. It makes sense to me that a character is a currency sign if that is its
    only purpose.

    Although I would have bought (pun intended) that a character used as a
    currency signifier would be considered a sign for that purpose even if it had
    other uses. (Which is what Michael Everson seemed to be saying also.)

    But if U+5186 is not a sign, it makes sense that it is because it has other
    meanings as well.


    "Kurosaka, Teruhiko" wrote:
    > Forgot to copy to the list...
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Kurosaka, Teruhiko
    > Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 12:44 PM
    > To: 'Tex Texin'
    > Subject: RE: When is a character a currency sign?
    > Hello Tex,
    > > When is a character properly called a currency sign?
    > If a character is used EXCLUSIVELY for the purpose of
    > expressing a currency, it is a currency symbol. If not,
    > it is not a currency symbol. U+5186 is a han character
    > which have the meaning of the Yen currency as well as its
    > original meaning "round". It can be used in a sentence that
    > has nothing to do with money. So it is not a currency symbol.
    > T. "Kuro" Kurosaka
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