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RE: Euro and 7 bits

From: Carrasco Benitez Manuel <manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 10:24:12 +0100
Message-Id: <5DFB753C1329D1119DEC00805F15C342D8DE@WS015>
To: "'Michael Everson'" <everson@indigo.ie>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, "'unicode@unicode.org'" <unicode@unicode.org>, "'Patrice.HUSSON@bxl.dg13.cec.be'" <Patrice.HUSSON@bxl.dg13.cec.be>
> The Second CEN/TC304 Workshop on the Euro was held on Thursday,
> 1997-10-16,
> and the recent proposal by Manuel Tomas Carrasco Benitez to replace a
> character in ASCII with the EURO SIGN was discussed.
> 
> The Workshop made no formal recommendation on this matter, because it
> appeared that no recommendation was necessary. The solution proposed
> is
> untenable, and other solutions are already available to users in 7-bit
> environments.
> 
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> 
> Take note of the comments and I disagree: the 7 bits problem will not
> go
> away.
> 
> 1) Use the three letter code EUR. This is the simplest solution.
> 
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> 
> This is not a solution.  My proposition solves the legany system
> problems
> in at least the following aspects: internal representation, external
> representation and input from keyboard.
> 
> 2) Use, in accordance with clause 7 of ISO 646:1981, use BACKSPACE or
> CARRIAGE RETURN to create the EURO SIGN out of C and =.
> 
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> 
> I does not work.
> 
> (The Workshop did not discuss text transfer between text encoded in
> such a
> fashion and text encoded according to ISO 8859 and ISO 10646, but it
> seems
> to me that this is not trivial.)
> 
> 3) Derive, in accordance with clause 6.4.3 of ISO 646:1981, a coded
> character set based on the coded character set described in ISO
> 646:1991.
> Such a derived character set would need to be registered in ISO 2375
> for
> anyone to take any notice. Positions which can be used for this are:
> 
> 40 5B 5C 5D 5E 60 7B 7C 7D 7E, or @ [ \ ] ^ ` { | } ~
> 
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> 
> I take notice and I will follow this path also.
> 
> The Workshop hoped that time and bandwidth would not be further spent
> on
> this issue, at least not on the Unicode and TC304 mailing lists. The
> solutions have been outlined above.
> 
> [Carrasco Benitez Manuel]  
> 
> If the owners of the list declare so (please confirm), I will respect
> it and
> I will use other means of communication.
> 
> I disagree.  No solutions has been outlined above.
> 
> Regards
> Tomas
> 
Received on Monday, 20 October 1997 05:24:39 GMT

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