Euro - re-statement

Carrasco Benitez Manuel (manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 10:29:42 +0100


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From: Carrasco Benitez Manuel <manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org>
To: "'www-international@w3.org'" <www-international@w3.org>,
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 10:29:42 +0100
Subject: Euro - re-statement 

Re-statement of the proposition

In case someone has not noticed, the euro
is very, very, very important for the Europeans.
Much more than ASCII.


1) Unicode

There is already the position

 20A0 "EURO-CURRENCY SIGN"

Only the glyph does not correspond.  But as the
standard does not define the glyph (there are
only indicative), this could be considered a "typo"
and just one needs just correct the glyph (no
back-editing).  Hence, no need for 20AC
with all the confusion that this could add.


2) 7 and 8 bits

First, one has to agree on:

 - The euro is not necessary in 7 and/or 8 bits.
 - The euro is necessary in 7 and/or 8 bits.

If one agrees that the euro is necessary in
7 and/or 8 bits, one needs to *define* (thanks
Larry) a new character set.

If one goes for the range 128-255, this will not
cover that 7 bits and again no euro or another
position is needed in the range 0-127.  Hence,
to cover boths just go for the range 0-127.

So two new character sets are proposed:

 - 7 bits : euro-ASCII (or ESCII)
 The same as ASCII but with the replacement
 of "|" (007C) for the euro.
 
 - 8 bits : euro-Latin1
 The same as Latin1 (ISO 8859-1), but with the
 replacement of "|" (007C) for the euro.


3) HTML

A new entity
 &euro;

Regards
Tomas