> Some ques:
> 1. Do you use the Euro sign before the number?
As far as I know, yes.
> Is there a Euro "cent"?
Good question. I haven't the faintest idea.
> Is there a standard for using decimal point or comma? Or does
> the Euro symbol go there?
I think this is still localisation. Anglic practice is the period;
most others use the comma; Portugal uses the currency sign for its
own currency, eg 35 escudos 24 cents is 35$24 but I don't think any
of this has been standarised for the Euro...yet. Maybe I missed it.
> 2. For those not fontingly endowed, how does one indicate Euros
> in ordinary ascii?
Cap E would be possible, but I see more and more people using the
international standard currency abbreviations (2-letter country code
as in email followed by 1-letter currency demoninator, so British
pounds are GBP (not UKP), Irish pounds are IEP, Portuguese escudos
are PTE, French francs are FRF, German marks are DEM, etc. I think
the full abbreviation is thus EUR (should be EUE perhaps?).
I won't bore you with my pet rant that it's the stupidest name for a
currency I ever saw...when we already had the Ecu it was madness to
invent yet another one.
> 3. What key do you have to give up to the Euro symbol on the typist
That should be determined for you by your OS localisation. The Anglic
tradition was to put the pound-currency sign as Shift 3, where the hash
mark is on a US keyboard (which they confusingly call a "pound sign",
presumably meaning pounds _weight_ :-) Other cultures put it elsewhere.
> they seem like basic FAQ questions, but I've never seen a Euro this side of
> the pond.
I haven't seen one this side yet...they're not out until 1st Jan 1999.
The basic sign is
ie it's symmetrical about the horizontal axis. This is what makes using
a cap C in Times with a serif on top and none below look so silly,
because it implies that there is a word behind is starting with a C,
whereas it's actually E for Euro. Using a cap C from a font that has
a similarly symmetrical appearance with a serif on top _and_ below
would work, though.