From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Dec 31 2004 - 13:46:57 CST
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 Öìêé, since it transliterates to
>EURO, while ÖÇêé transliterates to EVRO.
as well as other articles at
http://www.evertype.com/standards/euro/ for more
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_issues_concerning_the_euro
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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