From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jun 15 2004 - 22:57:34 CDT
>>1. The Euro symbol is a logo of the new European currency.
> Yes, but it is not _just_ a logo. It is a logo which found its way into
> plain text. It is quite usual for a plain text to use the euro logo instead
> of the EUR currency abbreviation.
I wouldn't even use the term 'logo' for the euro symbol. It is a currency symbol just like
the $ sign. The fact that it was invented by a committee and didn't develop organically
over time does not make it a logo, and it has very quickly developed all the
characteristics of other currency symbols, including great variation of form and
typographic representation. Furthermore, it is a symbol specified by, recognised by, and
encoded by national standards bodies. Unsurprisingly, if a government comes along and says
'We have this legal symbol that means X and we have a need to use it in plain text', that
symbol tends to get encoded.
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