by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/10/26 03:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/10/26/484481.aspx
Regular reader Maurits asked:
The "official" euro is U+20AC
But U+0080... while officially is a "control character"... has a strikingly familiar image:
What happened there?
Well, I cannot speak for someone else's web site, of course. :-)
If I had to guess, I would scour my brain and then recall the fact that in almost every single Windows code page the Euro is located at position 0x80.
Bonus points for anyone who knows the two exceptions to this, and the manifestation of each of the exceptions -- WITHOUT looking at the code page tables. You are all on the honor system on this one!
So perhaps it was based on a font that, having nothing better to do with a control character at U+0080 just ended up shoving a Euro in there, much the way one tucks a dollar in an out of the way place for a rainy day? :-)
This post brought to you by "€" (U+20ac, a.k.a. EURO SIGN)
# Yoshihiro kawabata on 26 Oct 2005 4:53 AM:
# Michael S. Kaplan on 26 Oct 2005 8:49 AM:
Yuhong Bao on 24 Jan 2011 11:13 PM:
"So perhaps it was based on a font that, having nothing better to do with a control character at U+0080 just ended up shoving a Euro in there, much the way one tucks a dollar in an out of the way place for a rainy day? :-)"
Well, the same problem is encountered with HTML character entities. Here is a clue: What does the first 256 characters of Unicode comes from?
2006/12/03 Strangely Symbolic font issues
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