Re: Flag tags

From: Karl Pentzlin <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 21:07:57 +0200

Am Donnerstag, 31. Mai 2012 um 20:09 schrieb John H. Jenkins:

JHJ> <tongue-in-cheek>
JHJ> ... that because some
JHJ> countries have currency symbols with decidated code points, other
JHJ> countries will make *new* currency symbols and demand that *they*
JHJ> get dedicated code points ...

Seriously speaking, flag symbols and currency signs are completely
different topics.

Every country has exactly one flag, right now. Thus, in fact an
encoding proposal proposing only a few of them based on an
arbitrary collection made by some telephone companies without proving
any scrutiny for its making never can be acceptable for most national
bodies represented in ISO.

On the other hand, currencies may exist without a currency symbol
(as in fact most currencies do). In fact, all currency symbols
assigned to currencies valid today are included in Unicode now, with
only two exceptions after acceptance for the new Turkish Lira sign:

AZN Azerbaijan Manat (waiting for confirmation of its actual use),

ANG Netherlands Antillean guilder (used formerly mostly for NLG Dutch
     guilder which was valid until 2002; problematically unified with

On this base, nobody will request the addition of other symbols
as precondition for acceptance for any new currency sign on ballot.

- Karl
Received on Thu May 31 2012 - 14:09:43 CDT

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