Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 01:43:47 -0700

On 5/27/2012 5:52 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
> Get over it. Please just get over it. It doesn't matter. It's a blort.

Time to agree with Michael.

"Get over it," is good advice here.

Sovereign countries are free to decree currency symbols, whatever their
motivation or the putative artistic or typographic merits of the symbol
in question. Not for Unicode to judge.

The simple fact is, the usage scenario for currency symbols is such that
immediate availability as character code is required by a whole country
(and its partners in commerce).

Kvetching doesn't make a difference, it just reflects badly - especially
if it comes from anyone whose country happens to have its currency


> There are many blorts. I've discovered some working with Unifon. I haven't exactly had much support from the UTC with what I've discovered. I've found the usual posturing about possible unifications with other scripts.
> I went in saying, well, we could do this like Lisu, which none of you will like. And that was true eniough. So I did it the unification way as was agreeed one UTC, but then I get push-back about the encoding model and isn't the script dead and more of that.
> None of that helps me to a practical way to use the UCS to publish Unifon texts, in paper form or in eBook form.
> That's a whole hell of a lot more aggravating than a currency sign. At least to me.
> On 28 May 2012, at 01:29, Doug Ewell wrote:
>> Asmus Freytag wrote:
>>> The typographers may not like that they won't be given the time to
>>> allow them to organically grow a design, but fonts are appearing and
>>> are using dubious encodings - thus the need for Unicode to act quickly
>>> - and decisively.
>> This is perhaps one of the more annoying aspects of the recent "urgently needed, drop everything" approach to encoding currency symbols.
>> A nation decides to create a new currency symbol, OK, fine. It starts showing up in hand-lettered signs and ledgers, good enough. No crisis yet. But as soon as someone cranks out a Latin-1 font with the new glyph replacing a little-used, but real, character such as U+00A8 DIAERESIS, and a keyboard layout that makes it easy for a user to type the new font-hacked symbol, then it becomes "urgent" for Unicode to encode the symbol and stop the spread of code-point abuse. I believe the Turks learned well from the Indians on this one.
>> --
>> Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA
>> | @DougEwell ­
> Michael Everson *
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