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Re: Euro currency sign

From: Donald Page <donaldp@sco.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 17:51:52 +0100 (BST)
To: Carrasco Benitez Manuel <manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org>
cc: "'www-international@w3.org'" <www-international@w3.org>, "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>, "'unicode@unicode.org'" <unicode@unicode.org>, "'Patrice.HUSSON@bxl.dg13.cec.be'" <Patrice.HUSSON@bxl.dg13.cec.be>
Message-ID: <Pine.SCO.3.96.971015174842.722E-100000@caspio.london.sco.com>
With regards to the ISO 8859-1 option you discuss, why is this a different
approach from http://www.indigo.ie/egt/standards/iso8859/latin00.html
which appears to have the blessing of the appropriate ISO sub-committee?

In addition, I would query the need for euro to be in codeset 0 since it
is primarily a European concern and it is likely that anyone in Europe
will have the full 8 bits available if they are already using an ISO 8859
codeset.  Now if the Americans were to sign up to the Euro....


On Wed, 15 Oct 1997, Carrasco Benitez Manuel wrote:

> HTML version at http://www.crpht.lu/~carrasco/winter/euro.html
>                 M.T. Carrasco Benitez
>                  The European Agency
>         for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products
> The euro is the European Union currency that should be introduced
> from the 1 January 1999.  For details look at
> http://europa.eu.int/euro/
> This document discusses some of the aspects related to the euro
> currency sign and IT (information technology).
> The euro currency sign is in Unicode Version 2.0:
>     Unicode number       Glyph        Name
>     20A0                        CE           EURO-CURRENCY SIGN
> The glyph "CE" (both characters are interlaced with the E lower)
> is *not* the euro glyph.  The euro glyph is like a "E" with two
> bars in the middle.  The official design is at the URL above.
> Apparently there is an initiative for creating a new position in
> Unicode at 20AC for the official glyph.
> A position should be found for the euro currency sign in ASCII and
> Latin1 (ISO 8859-1), as there will be many systems using these
> encoding after the euro is introduced.
> The position chosen should have some desirable characteristics:
>   - Little or not used.
>   - Minimal harms</em> if the euro or the original glyph appears.
>   - In the lower table (positions 0 to 127), as it is valid for both
> encoding.
>   - Present in the qwerty keyboard.
> The following position is proposed:
>     Unicode number       Glyph        Name
>     007C                       |               VERTICAL LINE
> If the position for the euro was in the upper table (positions 128 to
> 255), another position would be needed in the lower table or it would
> not be available in ASCII.
> An entity should be included in HTML for the euro.  It is proposed:
>                    &euro;
> It is recommended that this entity be used in preference to the (ASCII)
> code corresponding to the position that it is eventually chosen.  This
> allows making the intention clear that one wants the euro.
> There must be publicity focused on the IT vendors on the approved euro
> glyph, the position in ASCII, etc.  Otherwise the computer equipment
> needed
> would not be available with the correct glyph: if a programmer in San
> Jose
> were requested to introduce the euro currency sign, he would probably
> consult
> the Unicode book and copy the (wrong) "CE" glyph.
> The euro currency sign should be introduced to the computer equipments
> as
> soon as the situation is clarified regarding Unicode and ASCII.
> Please send comments to
> manuel.carrasco@emea.eudra.org
> This document represent only the views of the author.
Received on Wednesday, 15 October 1997 13:04:40 UTC

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