>I just looked at this and the Times and Courier eurosymbol uses a cap C
>as its letterform, complete with top serif! The examples I have seen to
>date were all clearly based on an symmetrical unseriffed C-shape, which
>when combined with the central = lines makes the rounded E symbol.
>Could someone (Michael Everson, perhaps) say if they've got it right or
Anyone can make glyphs anyway they like for anything. No reason a euro
shouldn't have serifs just like a dollar does.
>> 1. Do you use the Euro sign before the number?
>As far as I know, yes.
This is culturally dependent.
>> 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.
I haven't heard anything about what the Portuguese will do.
>> 2. For those not fontingly endowed, how does one indicate Euros
>> in ordinary ascii?
Use the 3-letter banking code EUR.
>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.
Especially one as unpronounceable as this morpheme sixteen ministers have
given us in their wisdom and cultural sensitivity. Gods, Euro is the worst
possible of any choice they could have made.
>> 3. What key do you have to give up to the Euro symbol on the typist
In the UK and Ireland it is supposed to be on AltGr-4, that is, on the
dollar sign key at the third level. It would be bad to have it on the same
key as the pound sign. Many countries are going to have it on AltGr-E, but
not UK and Ireland, where that is supposed to be for É.
>FWIW, Michael Everson has posted the Euro spec according to 10646 (how
>that changes post-Unicode unification I don't know, but don't imagine it
What are you talking about?
>This is at:
>There is mention of relevant TYPO-L discussion there as well.
>To complicate issues, at the same site but at:
This should be http://www.indigo.ie/egt/standards/iso10646/euro/euro.html
>there is an interesting posting about *another* character related to EU.
This is about adding it to 10646. It's out for ballotting now.
>More: Gerard Unger seemes to think (as many do, myself included) that
>the C-with two strokes design is a poor concept
If it were reversed it would be much more ergonomic for handwriting.
> The European Commission says it's based on the epsilon.
I guess they haven't seen an epsilon recently.
It's more similar to the Russian "hard e"
>> ...it features an epsilon harking back to the cradle of European
>> civilisation and the first letter of Europe, crossed by two parallel
Greece is not the cradle of civilization in Ireland, for pity's sake. Oh,
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