Microsoft Word didn't trademark the Turkish Lira (Despite any irresponsible claims to the contrary!)

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/11/05 07:01 -05:00, original URI:

Kind of a footnote to Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 6.2 (and a little about what MS is doing about it), and all of the exciting things Microsoft did for the Turkish Lira.

First described at the 36th Internationalization and Unicode conference, last month...

You know, that character.

A bunch of work happened.

Some of it, I even did myself!

We fixed the locale.

Turkish currency

We added it to some fonts.

Lira in the fonts

And some keyboards.

Lira in the keyboards

You can even see it with the On-Screen Keyboard!

Lira in the OSK

Unless you try to mix in the On-Screen Keyboard and Microsoft Word.

In which case one of those "helpful" Word keyboard shortcuts will intervene:

Word mucks it up in a trademark dispute

And instead of

(aka U+20ba, aka TURKISH LIRA SIGN)

it will insert

(aka U+2122, aka TRADE MARK SIGN)

Gotta love those "helpful" Word shortcuts, huh? :-)

Steven R. Loomis summed it up nicely on Twitter:

Mr. Loomis weighs in on Twitter


At least it was just in Lira!

Maybe Word needs to remove its "helpful' shortcut in this case?

Here it is, if you're Turkish and/or you'd like to remove it yourself:

Here's the bug!

Man, if it's in Word that means it's in Outlook, too.

That's just embarrassing!

Stu, could you look into this one? :-)

Joshua on 7 Nov 2012 4:33 PM:

Oops, hotkey collision.

An old example: is F5 refresh or run? Collides on Visual Studio when certain pages are open. The menu item for Run is bound to F5 but certain panes capture the hotkey at a lower level and treat it as refresh so the menu doesn't see it. Now what it's supposed to do, I don't know. Read mind is out of the question.

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