New Rupee Symbol May Now Be U+20B9


As mentioned in this blog's previous entry, the government of India has designated a new rupee symbol. One the the more interesting questions is how quickly it could be integrated into Unicode and other standards.

According to Live, the symbol has been voted into Unicode at code point U+20B9. That would be in the currency block right after the Tenge currency sign. I do not see any official conformation from Unicode, but it was on the agenda for that meeting.

You can read some of the discussion on the issue from late July which includes information about multiple proposals, the source of the new rupee design and comparisons to the design of the euro (€) symbol. Fascinating if somewhat heated.

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