Re: Unicode 6.2 to Support the Turkish Lira Sign

From: Jukka K. Korpela <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 07:34:34 +0300

2012-05-30 6:14, Jean-François Colson wrote:

> The main problem is that many people have an outdated system and don’t
> mind to update their fonts.

That’s one part of the problem. Most people in the world just don’t
update their fonts or even know how to do that. Many people even cannot
do that because they are using computers controlled by others.

If a handful of fonts contains a new symbol, people who would use the
symbol will be forced to limit their choice of font to those few fonts
or use a mixture of fonts in text. Both options have serious
implications; the situation might be manageable—by someone who
understands the situation.

> But what could we do?

“We”? People who plan to introduce a new character “immediately” into
common use should realize that it’s simply not possible. Fast−tracking a
small part of the process, namely assignment of a Unicode code point,
does not really help (but will create unrealistic expectations).

For comparison: The design of the euro sign was published in 1996. It
was added to Unicode in version 2.1 in 1998. As physical money, notes
and coins, the euro was taken into use in 2002. Considerable resources
were spent into the introduction of the euro sign, as part of a very
large process of introducing the euro currency. Now, over ten years
later, the adoption of the euro sign is still incomplete. Informal and
formal texts, printed and online, not to mention receipts and other
documents generated by various systems, “eur”, “EUR”, “e”, “E”, and
simple omission of currency denotation are still very common.

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