Re: When is a character a currency sign?

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 20:21:14 EDT

  • Next message: Tex Texin: "Re: French group separators, was Re: The character for 10**24 inJapanesenumbers (jo)"

    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


    Philippe Verdy wrote:
    > On Monday, July 07, 2003 9:41 PM, Michael Everson <> 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.

    Tex Texin   cell: +1 781 789 1898
    Xen Master                
    Making e-Business Work Around the World

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Mon Jul 07 2003 - 20:58:36 EDT