Re: U+00B0 vs. U+00BA (was: "Re: How to encode abbreviations")

From: Antoine Leca (
Date: Mon Apr 03 2006 - 03:31:17 CST

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    On Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 16:40Z, Doug Ewell wrote:

    > Years ago I was informed by our French subsidiary at work that we MUST
    > use U+004E U+00B0 to spell the abbreviation for "numéro," [...]

    Exactly my initial point.
    And I guess you might have a similar negociation with the Spanish
    subsidiaries, this time with the native arguing that you MUST use U+00BA
    U+0043 for Celsius measures (I know the international symbol is plain C), or
    U+00BA (along with U+0027/U+0022, /of course/) for angle measures, etc.

    By the way, there is a little bit of logic (deeply buried inside): by using
    a coherent notation that users can mimic at the keyboard, they could be
    enabled, for example, to search later in the text; using U+00BA for «numéro»
    would _prevent_ that (particularly if there is a mix between
    computer-generated-U+00BA and typed-U+00B0).
    So it is not 100% wrong, perhaps only 92% :-).


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