Re: India seeks Rupee status symbol

From: John W Kennedy (jwkenne@attglobal.net)
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 12:37:07 CST

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    On Mar 11, 2009, at 1:21 PM, Andrew West wrote:

    > 2009/3/11 Peter Constable <petercon@microsoft.com>:
    >>
    >> When you say "the Indian writing tradition", would that be
    >> Devanagari? Gujarati? ...
    >
    > The competition rules are horribly vague on this point:
    >
    > "5. The symbol should be applicable to standard keyboard. The symbol
    > has to be in the Indian National Language Script or a visual
    > representation."
    >
    > <http://www.labnol.org/india/currency-symbol-for-indian-rupee/7739/>
    >
    > The stipulation that the symbol "should be applicable to standard
    > keyboard" (no mention of Unicode or character encoding) is cause for
    > some debate at <http://www.labnol.org/india/currency-symbol-for-indian-rupee/7739/
    > >.

    And the phrase "Indian National Language Script" cannot be found
    anywhere by Google except with reference to this very competition --
    and the closest thing to an "Indian national language script" is
    Latin. Or is this "Indian National Language Script" actually some new
    Indian equivalent of Shavian or Deseret?

    One might almost think the whole thing is a hoax. The specifications,
    if you /assume/ they make sense, seem to demand that the "new" Rupee
    symbol be "Rp" or "Rs". (Wikipedia says that "Re" is also used, only
    in the singular: 1 Re.)

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    John W Kennedy
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    corrupts."
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