Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Andreas Stötzner <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 17:09:40 +0200

Am 23.05.2012 um 16:05 schrieb William_J_G Overington:

> Well, if a new currency symbol is needed quickly, wherever, and printed price labels with the new symbol printed upon them and bank account statements with the new symbol printed upon them are needed, how exactly is that to be done? I suggest that it is either by prompt action by the Unicode Technical Committee and the ISO Committee, or else some other encoding will become used, simply because there will be printed results that are needed. I can imagine that the fontmakers who make the fonts will want to use an official code point if they can, yet if one is not available, then they will need to make fonts anyway and a Private Use Area solution would be the then least inconvenience-causing for the future.
> Would it be reasonable to have an update to the Currency Symbols block in an almost-ready-to-go state in case a situation arises where a new currency symbol is produced and urgent need arises for fonts so that as smooth a transition as possible can take place?

There is no urgend need for implementing the TURKISH LIRA. There may be *a need arising*, but that is something different.
For cases like this, a temporary PUA solution in fonts would be the worst possible option, causing extra stability issues for years to come. No one wants to face such a situation.

The implementation of the € sign years ago was a borderline challange for those font vendors with large stock to upgrade. We can’t do this year by year, when anywhere in the world national pride gives birth to a new symbol of domestic prosperity. The usual terms of UCS upgrading works well enough for this.
As long as font support for a certain character has not grown to a critical volume (system typefaces!), text processing with that sign implemented will remain a risky game.

For those who care: fontographers already face the likely outcome of this and started to pull the chestnuts out of the fire.

Andreas Stötzner.


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