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

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Jul 18 2010 - 17:32:51 CDT

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    Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

    > So you're saying they'd be better off just putting it at U+20B9? :-)

    No, I'm saying that if they really need a solution this instant, they'd
    be better off adhering to the Unicode Standard and 10646, and putting it
    in the PUA rather than (1) overloading U+0060, (2) overloading U+20A8,
    or (3) putting it at U+20B9 before that code point is formally assigned.

    One of the posts on the Foradian blog congratulates the font vendor for
    adding the new symbol at U+0060 and thus "exhibit[ing] the IT knowledge
    power of YOUNG INDIA." This kind of slap-dash, font-hack solution is
    not the hallmark of a young, vibrant, knowledgeable IT community. It is
    the hallmark of an IT community that is disdainful of standards and
    ignorant of the short- and long-term problems caused by incompatible,
    quick-fix encoding solutions.

    It's also interesting to see the posts that criticize the Indian
    government for predicting it will take a year for the new symbol to
    achieve widespread usage, countering smugly that Foradian was able to
    create its font in a matter of days. Anyone who thinks that is all that
    is necessary for a symbol to achieve widespread usage is speaking
    volumes about their own level of knowledge.

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

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