From: Marco Cimarosti (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Aug 14 2003 - 10:12:59 EDT
Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin wrote:
> On 2003.08.06, 11:12, Philippe Verdy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > the placement of the currency unit symbol or multiple is language
> > dependant, and the same local practices are used with the
> euro, as the
> > one used for pre-euro currencies.
> You mean that Dutch should write one euro as "1,- EUR", while Portuguese
> as "1EUR00", and perhaps British as "EUR 1.00"?... It may be the case, but
> I'd found that a bad idea and worth fighting against.
Why? Different countries always used different characters as decimal or
"grouping" separators for numbers.
The Italian for "one and a half euros" is "uno virgola cinquanta euro"
(where "virgola" means "comma"). Should we say "comma" and write a dot!?
> After all the euro is a common currency and its figures should be
> written in a common way.
> > In fact, the position of the currency unit and decimal separator or
> > placement of the negative sign depends mostly of the current locale
> > (language/region) and not on the indicated currency, so this
> > convention is applied locally for *all* currency units.
> Nope, this is not true:
In most cases, it is: amounts in foreign currency are normally formatted
according to local conventions. E.g. a price in US$ on an Italian magazine
would probably be formatted as "$2.345,50", not "$2,345.50" or "2,345$50¢".
> > Using the cent sign is mostly US specific and the symbol is not
> > recognized as such in most European countries, so the cent sign is
> > bound directly to the dollar.
> [...] then I suppose there is a
> theoreitical possiblity that it may be used as a symbol of euro cent
> (though I personally prefer "cEUR").
The problem is not *which* symbol to use for cent: it is the concept itself
that cents may need a symbol which is not familiar in most EU countries.
I guess that Ireland is the only euro-zone country where you can see a price
expressed in cents, such as "55 cents". In most other countries of Europe,
the same amount would be expressed as "0.55 euros".
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