RE: ISO 10646 compliance and EU law

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Dec 31 2004 - 13:46:57 CST

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    At 13:23 +0100 2004-12-31, Lars Kristan wrote:

    >I am not sure it is as simple as that. AFAIK, EU
    >is trying to enforce some rules about the Euro

    Error 1: The word "euro" is not capitalized in
    English any more than "dollar" or "pound" are
    (except of course at the beginning of sentences).

    Error 2: The original Council Directive that the
    name of the currency should be the same in all
    languages except for the alphabet. This would
    prevent a country from deciding to call it
    "ducet" or "ecu" or "sheqel" or "mark".

    >Namely, they want it to always start with "EURO"
    >even if a certain country uses different
    >suffixes in declensions.

    Error 3: This was in order to preserve
    typographical simplicity on the banknotes.

    Error 4: It was the people in the Commission and
    in national governments themselves who botched
    this up and somehow it got taken that the words
    would be "immune" to natural orthography or

    >Similarly, I suppose EU might be wanting
    >Bulgaria to use , since it transliterates to
    >EURO, while transliterates to EVRO.

    Please see
    as well as other articles at for more

    See also

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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