Re: Indian Rupee Sign (U+20B9) proposal

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Jul 18 2010 - 16:27:16 CDT

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    "Luke-Jr" <luke at dashjr dot org> wrote:

    >>> Already, fonts with Rupee symbol in MS Word
    >>> are released, and becoming popular:
    >> This is a bad decision. Font designers need to cool their heels and
    >> wait until the symbol and code point are approved.
    > Unicode requires use before approving new symbols, so "bad decision"
    > or not, Unicode forces it. I haven't got around to making a font with
    > the Tonal digits yet, but what other choice do I have to ever get them
    > added to Unicode? Use paper for everything?

    1. There is a proposal before WG2 to encode the symbol at U+20B9; see . The stated support of
    the Indian government for this symbol will likely be a significant
    contributing factor to the approval of this proposal, just as the
    support of the EU contributed toward getting U+20AC EURO SIGN encoded in
    advance of actual demonstrated use. This might be useful to consider
    for those who harbor doubts that this symbol will be encoded in

    2. For the Nystrom hexadecimal digits, there are Private Use Areas in
    Unicode/10646 from U+E000 to U+F8FF, from U+F0000 to U+FFFFD, and from
    U+100000 to U+10FFFD which can be used effectively and conformantly to
    encode any symbols you like. You can then build a font, develop a
    keyboard input method, publish a private agreement that describes the
    association between your PUA code points and the Nystrom digits, and
    happily exchange these symbols with anyone who shares your interest and

    Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA |
    RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14 | ietf-languages @ is dot gd slash 2kf0s ­

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