Re: New symbol for Russian rouble?

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Fri Mar 17 2006 - 03:58:04 CST

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    On Fri, 17 Mar 2006, Michael Everson wrote:

    > Indeed, why not just use CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ER as they have done for
    > generations?

    I've seen several different abbreviations for the rouble in Russian,
    including er followed by a period and er, u, be followed by a period
    (transliterated as "rub."). Probably er, b, el ("rbl"), too.

    Inventing new symbols for currencies does not sound like a good idea, but
    it's understandable: people may hope (usually in vain) that a single
    symbol unifies notations and that it gives some special identity or
    prestige to a currency. After all, the euro got its symbol...

    What we can say from a technical viewpoint is that the introduction of any
    new currency symbol will surely not unify notations for a long time. Even
    in presence of political will and support by common people, it would take
    many years before computing systems widely support the new character.
    A replacement notation would still be needed, and many people would use it
    even in contexts where the character is available. There is still a rather
    mixed situation with the euro sign, for example.

    Jukka "Yucca" Korpela,

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