|Q.||What is it?|
The euro is the name given to the single currency of the European Union. The euro was established as a currency in 1999 and
gradually moved into general use, with the introduction of coins and notes in 2002. For more
information see the Euro Web site run by the European Commission.
|Q.||Should the word 'euro' be capitalized? Is the plural form 'euro' or 'euros'?|
The form varies depending on the language. In English, 'euro' and 'cent' should not
be capitalized, and the plural forms should not include an 's' in official documents.
|Q.||What does the symbol look like, and how was it chosen?|
According to the information posted on the euro Web site, about thirty draft
designs were drawn up internally by the European Commission. The general public
assessed ten designs, narrowing the shortlist to two. Jacques Santer, president
of the European Commission, and Yves-Thibault de Silguy, the European
commissioner in charge of the euro, chose the final design.
euro in Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New.
|Q.||Why do the symbols shown above look different from the one posted on the official euro site?|
We have chosen to make instances of the euro symbol font- and style-specific. The
design of the symbol takes on the characteristics of the font in which it resides.
Traditionally, numerals and currency symbols are the same width for any given
font. This helps values line up properly in tabular applications like
spreadsheets. To make the euro symbol the correct width for Arial and Times New
Roman, it had to be condensed.
|Q.||What is the symbol's Unicode assignment?|
The euro character is encoded in the Unicode Standard as U+20AC EURO SIGN. To
avoid confusion, the historical character U+20A0 EURO-CURRENCY SIGN has been
updated with an informative note and a cross reference to U+20AC EURO SIGN. See
the Unicode Consortium's Unicode Technical Report #8 for more details.
|Q.||What is the symbol's Windows codepage location?|
The symbol has been added to the following codepages at position '0x80': 1250
Eastern European, 1252 Western, 1253 Greek, 1254 Turkish, 1257 Baltic, 1255
Hebrew, 1256 Arabic, 1258 Vietnamese, 874 Thai. In 1251 Cyrillic, the symbol will
be added at position '0x88'. Other codepages are controlled by governments or
standards bodies. Microsoft is working with these organizations on the placement of the euro.
|Q.||How do I access the euro symbol?|
To access the euro from your keyboard, please refer to the following chart.
Belgian (French KBD120)
Belgian Dutch 120
Dutch - KBD143
Greek IBM 220
Greek IBM 319
Greek IBM 220 Latin
Greek IBM 319 Latin
Portuguese - KBD163
Turkish F 440
Turkish Q 179
In addition, most keyboard manufacturers, including Microsoft, are now producing keyboards that have
|Q.||Will my printer output the new symbol?|
Yes, it should work fine, providing you don't use printer resident fonts that do
not include the euro. You may need to adjust your printer setup options, as using
resident fonts will probably be the default setting. Look for 'print fonts as
graphics' or similar settings in your printer setup options.
Printing fonts as graphics instead of using resident fonts will often result in
slower printing. Check with your printer manufacturer to see if they have
updated drivers or print managers that may improve performance. Newer printers
should have support for the symbol built into their resident fonts.
|Q.||What about PostScript Type 1 fonts?|
Initially, Adobe added the euro to their Symbol font. It is encoded at position
240 of the symbol font encoding array. On 27 May 1998, Adobe released three
PostScript type families that include the euro currency symbol. These are
available for free download from the Adobe Web site. All OpenType fonts from Adobe (except pi/ornaments fonts) include a design-sensitive euro currency symbol
|Q.||When can we expect the euro to be included in all new fonts?|
Microsoft includes the symbol within all the original fonts we produce and fonts we supply with our products. Most independent font
vendors also now include the symbol within their fonts.
|Q.||New and Links|
A special euro-related news and links page
has been posted in our Links, news and contacts section.