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

From: Erkki I Kolehmainen (
Date: Tue Jul 20 2010 - 13:59:06 CDT

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    The euro sign was originally defined in a manner similar to a strict logo. The European Commission, however, very soon realized that it had to be adjusted to the font style in order to be at all usable in any text. Thus, it is wrong to say that they did try to claim that it was a logo. (I know, I was the Project Team leader for the standardization of the euro; the CEN PT was financed by the Commission.)

    Sincerely, Erkki I. Kolehmainen

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    Lähettäjä: [] Puolesta Doug Ewell
    Lähetetty: 20. heinäkuuta 2010 15:57
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    Aihe: Re: Indian Rupee Sign (U+20B9) proposal

    Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

    > The final vote for approving the representative glyph will require
    > first getting an agreement with the Indian governement that still owns
    > the exclusive design, until it approves its use by the public and
    > implementation in fonts and keyboard layouts,
    > ...
    > The final vote will still be needed (and the formal authorization /
    > open licencing from India for what is still *their* glyph)

    This is the second time I have read this. Is it true? I know the
    European authorities tried to claim that the Euro sign was a logo, and
    had to remain unchanged regardless of the font style, and were unable to
    enforce that.

    Things that are truly logos, with IP rights owned by someone else,
    aren't supposed to be encoded. I'm sure that's not what the Indian
    government had in mind.

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

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