Re: Currency symbols

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (
Date: Sun Mar 09 2003 - 20:47:32 EST

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    On 2003.02.25, 19:36, Asmus Freytag <> wrote:

    > At 12:55 PM 2/25/03 +0000, Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin wrote:
    > > Most (all?) of them are composable, either by means of letter +
    > > slash (OSLI) or by ZWJ (for things like "Pta" or "Pts", if
    > > anything),
    > Using ZWJ for such things is frowned upon. The ZWJ [is] not a general
    > purpose compositor.

    Sorry. I mean such an invisible character that would keep those letters
    toghether, even when the inter-character space is expanded, like as if
    they were in the same "lead type". (The same thing I'd use decompose
    U+0133 into i+THING+j.)

    What Unicode character should be used for this, then?

    > The ZWJ may be used to request a ligature between two characters,

    Isn't this the role of CGJ (combining grapheme joiner)? «Indicates that
    the adjoining characters are to be treated as a graphemic unit.»

    > For example, before the introduction of the euro, most European
    > currencies did not have a unique symbol, but were spelled out by a
    > string containing an abbreviation of the name of the currency. (e.g.
    > DM for the German Mark, BF for Belgian Francs, etc.).

    In Portugal, f.i., we used U+0024 as the *decimal point* with two fixed
    decimal digits (though lately there were no valid coins bellow 1$00),
    but money sums were sometimes identifed by "Esc."; more so when the
    proper decimal point symbol was not avaliable.

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