Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Jukka K. Korpela <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 20:31:03 +0300

2012-05-29 20:19, William_J_G Overington wrote:

> If it were not done and, as a result of inconsistent encodings for a particular currency symbol in documents, at some future time there were to be chaos somewhere because a data file had been sent from one bank to another bank and the two banks were using incompatible encodings for a particular currency symbol, then it would not be a small technicality, yet perhaps the first item on the television news bulletin.

I surely hope that no bank that I use transmits data to another bank
using currency symbols. In interbanking processes, internationalized
currency codes are the only acceptable way.

> Well, I feel that it is entirely proportionate to regard encoding a new currency symbol as an urgent question.

It’s no more urgent than encoding a new phonetic or mathematical symbol
or hieroglyph. You still have to allow ten years or so for delivery
(i.e., for everything needed to make the symbol *reasonably* safe to use
in information interchange and processing).

>> It sets a questionable precedent.
> Well, maybe a precedent for currency symbols, yet not for other symbols, such as those that I have designed.

Well, this is about political pressures that are allowed to affect
procedures and processes. Surely the precedent means that if you have a
very large company or an important government, you can have your
favorite symbol introduced on a fast-track lane and bypassing normal
critical review.

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