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RE: Euro - re-statement

From: Carrasco Benitez Manuel <manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 15:39:27 +0100
Message-Id: <5DFB753C1329D1119DEC00805F15C342D8CD@WS015>
To: "'Chris Maden'" <crism@ora.com>, manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org
Cc: www-international@w3.org, www-html@w3.org, unicode@unicode.org, Patrice.HUSSON@bxl.dg13.cec.be
> As a non-European, you can take this with a grain of salt.  However:
> is any self-respecting European IT application really using seven
> bits?
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> You will be surprised.
> 
> I think that e-acute and u-umlaut are more important to
> Europeans than the Euro symbol.
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> About the same.
> 
> More importantly, I think you're unaware of the importance of
> the pipe character to existing IT
> applications.  You find the strange mnemonic that ECU-ECU means
> "logical or", while a single ECU means "bitwise or".  And you will
> hear European UNIX users say, "ECU the grep results through sed."
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> Perhaps I am less attached emotionally to the "|" pipe -:), because I
> am from the generation of the "^" pipe and this is why I did not
> proposed "^".  Though, I am ready to accept the position of "^" and
> if this annoy the very old Unix boys/girls, the "~" and other
> positions
> on 0-127.
> 
> I have been living for a very long time with commenting in
> "#" and "pounds", as many programmer in the U.K.
> 
> By the way, it will be: "EURO the grep results through sed"
> 
> Redefine the generic currency symbol instead.  As far as I can tell,
> its primary use is the end-of-table-cell marker in MS Word; is anyone
> actually using it for currency?  I *think* it was intended as a
> placeholder for local currencies anyway.
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> Again over 127.
> 
> And as the world moves towards full Unicode support, local 8-bit
> character sets will become less necessary except as encodings of
> Unicode.  If the ECU is properly defined in Unicode, it's probably not
> even necessary to define a new 8-bit character set.
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> I vote for Unicode, also.  But this will not make the 7 and 8 bits
> systems
> go away.
> 
> > 3) HTML
> > 
> > A new entity
> >  &euro;
> 
> Nice, but unnecessary, since one can use &#8352; in HTML now, and will
> be able to use &#X20a0; in XML and define named entities on a per-
> document basis.
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> I wanted to make it more explicit.
> 
> Regards
> Tomas
> 
Received on Thursday, 16 October 1997 10:40:03 GMT

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