European Monetary Union commenced on January 1, 1999 for participating EU countries. As part of the need for monetary identity, the EU decided at that time that a new symbol should be created to define the Euro. The symbol was designed by the EEC in 1997 to establish a new monetary identity.
What does the symbol look like?
Most font manufacturers have now updated their libraries so that the fonts include the Euro symbol, and all newly designed fonts will include the symbol. However, if you have existing fonts that have not been updated, please contact Terrapin. If you can prove you have purchased the fonts you can upgrade for a nominal fee. Alternatively, we at Terrapin have the necessary expertise to amend your Type 1 and TrueType fonts to include the Euro currency symbol in the style of the font. This solution provides you with a clear path to upgrade your existing font libraries, without having to purchase new font releases.
The position of the Euro symbol in PC PostScript fonts is decimal 164, and the PC TrueType position is decimal 128.
Bitmap Font Issues
The issue with printer-specific bitmap fonts is of a greater scale than outline fonts, because each individual point size has to be amended, and re-converted. Terrapin offers a Euro Symbol inclusion service for all AFP and Xerox bitmap fonts. We will add the symbol to the positions recommended by the printer manufacturers. Both Xerox and IBM have issued guidelines with regards to the placement of the character.
The fonts resident on Xerox mid-range, and high speed printers have been re-released with the Euro Symbol positioned at ASCII Code Point Hexadecimal BA. This appears to be a blank position in most Xerox fonts. Xerox have recommended that other additional fonts should also follow the same rule.
IBM have re-released their AFP Font Collection which includes the typographic Helvetica and Times New Roman fonts, plus the fixed pitch fonts Boldface, Courier, Gothic Text, Letter Gothic, Prestige and BookMaster. IBM have also announced that the recommended position of the new symbol in most language code pages should be EBCDIC Code Point Hexadecimal 9F. This replaces the International Currency symbol which was assigned to this code point in many IBM code pages. The GCID for the new Euro Symbol is SC200000. Customers with non-IBM core fonts will need to get the character sets and code pages amended.
Electronic Document Redesign
The next step for Euro compliance in your printed document is the need to amend electronic forms/overlays. e.g., a current financial document such as a bank statement, or pension illustration which has values in sterling, dollars, francs etc., would need amending to include space for equivalent Euro values. This may be a big problem with existing documents, as there may be no more room for dual currency values to be displayed.
We at Terrapin are providing consultation services for customers who wish to review their printed documents.
Where to go for help?
After digesting all of the information which has been documented, you may still be unsure as to what your/your companies needs are with regards to Euro compliance. We are happy to offer consultation services, in the form of on-site visits, with a view to providing suitable recommendations. Other useful Euro related sites are listed below.
There is a wealth of information already available on the internet, and some of the sites known to us are listed here. If you think we've left anything out, please email us and let us know of it.