Re: [ic] £ or £ for UK currency symbol in Locale

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Fri Jul 8 06:26:39 EDT 2005

At 17:24 05/07/2005, you wrote:
>We operate an interchange site that sells in UK pounds.
>On a few rare occasions customers complain to us that all prices on the
>website have a ? instead of a £ sign in front of the prices.
>In Locale we have set currency_symbol to £.  Consequently the html for our
>pages contains the £ symbol rather than £
>Could this be the reason for some people getting question marks instead of
>pound signs?  i.e. Could the question mark be due to the regional settings 
>of their computer or a lack of installed fonts?
>If so, should we change currency_symbol in Locale to £ instead of £
>I am a little cautious about doing this as it would also impact the plain 
>text e-mail templates which use the [currency] tag.  i.e. They would 
>display £ instead of a pound sign, so I would have to change any 
>e-mail templates to hard code a pound sign.
>Can anyone out there confirm whether or not I should change 
>currency_symbol to £ and proceed as above, or would this not solve 
>the question mark problem anyway?  Thanks.

Hi John,

We use &163; rather than £ as our currency symbol and that seems to 
work reasonably well. We also use the pound sign (£) raw in text email 
messages and no one's complained as yet.

Hope this helps


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