Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 16:58:04 -0600

Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

> The situation in Greece is much more serious than in India or Turkey.
> If they abandon the euro, they can hardly move back to the old
> drachma. It is not just a matter of giving a new symbol for a currency
> in use; it’s about an entirely new currency, though possibly under an
> old name.

Right, but holding a national contest to design the new symbol will not
magically confer stability and worldwide prestige on the new currency.
That is the great fallacy, and it remains a fallacy whether the symbol
is accepted into Unicode or not.

>> It could fool newcomers into thinking these bogus marketing
>> goals played a part in getting the Turkish lira sign into Unicode.
> Didn’t they?

If even a small part of UTC's rationale for encoding this symbol was to
make a statement of support for the Turkish lira as a prestigious
currency, or a safe haven, or a storehouse of steadily rising value,
then I'll be quite surprised and disappointed—though it wouldn't be the
first time.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­
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