Re: When is a character a currency sign?

From: Tex Texin (tex@i18nguy.com)
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 20:21:14 EDT

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    There are lots of ways to indicate a currency, but I wouldn't think of EUR or
    the other three character codes listed in this note as signs. (Although the
    ISO 4217 3-letter codes replace where signs were previously used, in most
    cases.)

    tex

    Philippe Verdy wrote:
    >
    > 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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