From: Patrick Andries (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 12:27:51 CST
I'm afraid, they are wrong. I had a discussion with Jacques André a few years ago on this, he is one of the best authority on the history of French typography.When we went through our initial round of UI translations, ten years ago, our subsidiary in France flat-out insisted that U+00B0 DEGREE SIGN be used for the "numero" abbreviation, and not U+00BA MASCULINE ORDINAL INDICATOR. This was even after I pointed out the availability of both, in both the MS-DOS and Windows code pages (we didn't support Unicode yet), and even after I pointed out that this was a UI display issue and had no bearing on what customers might type. No, they said. It's DEGREE SIGN.
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