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

From: John H. Jenkins (jenkins@apple.com)
Date: Sun Jul 18 2010 - 22:31:12 CDT

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    b Jul 18, 2010 4:32 PM ɡA Doug Ewell gG

    > Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:
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    >> 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.
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    > 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.
    >

    Very well said, Doug. The question I'm curious about is, What is the most productive way to help the people advocating this approach understand that it's a bad idea?

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    John H. Jenkins
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