Re: [indic] Indian Rupee symbol

From: Christoph Pper (
Date: Fri Jul 16 2010 - 03:28:29 CDT

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    Michael Everson:

    > A proposal to add the character to the Unicode Standard and ISO/IEC 10646 was published yesterday.

    I’m not sure I’m getting this right. This is how I understand the issue:

    There is a rupee sign encoded at U+20A8.

    Its example glyph is a ligature ‘Rs’, i.e. roman script, thereby very Western. This is how it’s implemented in fonts, too, regardless of the scripts the font covers.

    This sign – similar to ‘$’ – is used for several currencies in Southern Asia, the Indian rupee among them.

    The Indian government / administration / people is not satisified with the situation. They want a new sign that
     - is exclusive to the Indian rupee (INR),
     - “would be the Hindi alphabet Ra with two lines”,
       i.e. it should look local.

    Only if INR exclusiveness is vital, the currency symbol would need to obtain a codepoint of its own. Otherwise it would be a font issue to replace the ‘Rs’ ligature ‘₨’ by the new symbol, probably depending on the surrounding language and with slightly different designs for use inside the Indian scripts and other ones.

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