Re: India seeks Rupee status symbol

From: Andrew West (
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 11:32:37 CST

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    2009/3/11 Doug Ewell <>:
    > The article on the BBC site mentioned that Russia had been searching for a
    > new symbol for the ruble and had been unsuccessful.  Designing a really good
    > symbol that will immediately gain widespread adoption is not as simple as it
    > looks.

    I like the comment at <>:

    The fear is that this might degenerate into farce. Consider Russia’s
    decade-long search for a symbol for the rouble, which featured various
    unofficial symbols and a decision to test-drive thirteen different
    variations. (Cynics might claim that the main reason for this
    confusion was that they couldn’t decide whether the first letter of
    the word “rouble” should be in Cyrillic or Roman script before they
    put the Double Bars of Stability through it.) All moot, anyway
    perhaps: the ultimate authority, Microsoft Word, already lists
    “unicode decimal 8360” — an “R” and a “p” joined together, as they
    were on old Indian-made typewriters — as the rupee symbol. What’s a
    Government competition compared to that?

    Great that people see Microsoft Word as the ultimate authority on
    these matters ...


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