Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Indian #rupee

The Indian ministery of finance had a contest for the creation of a currency symbol for the rupee. The winner would get R250,000 and on the 15th of July it was announced that D. Udaya Kumar won the competition.

The winning character is a combination of the Devanagari character Ra and the Latin character R. The jury chose the winner and recommended it for cabinet approval. It did indeed meet cabinet approval announced minister Ambika Soni.

Now that the character for the Indian rupee is official, it needs to become available in fonts for use on computers and on the Internet. As it is a completely new character, it needs to become accepted in the Unicode standard.

On July 19, a "working group document" for the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 was published. When this document is accepted, it will be the basis for a glyph in Unicode that will be the standard for derivations in Unicode based fonts. The assignment for an UCS codepoint is urgent as it ensures that all fonts refer to the same glyph.
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