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I won’t indulge in the EU legislation behind this post’s title, but I have to note that it’s nice to have proper Helvetica for the rest of the text even though the water had a horrible taste. And I thought that the spacing in that number is unfortunate - at best.

Label of water bottle saying 1,5l℮

February 7, 2008, 1:06

Tagged as eu, helvetica, unicode.


Comment by Nerg: User icon

It shouldn’t be a comma either

February 7, 2008, 8:02

Comment by ssp: User icon

In German (and many other languages), it should be. So that’s OK.

[Not knowing about this can make things rather complicated at times in computer systems. It’s not really an issue in well-made GUI applications as the Mac has known about varying number formats pretty much forever and properly done applications just use whatever format the system is set up for. However, in the Unix world this isn’t the case and tools tend to use the English notation. Now imagine you want to call a command line tool from an AppleScript and pass a decimal number to it… What comes out is a royal PITA of having to (automatically) figure out the number format AppleScript uses and convert it to English format manually. Another critical number format problem used to exist with English eBay sites. If you entered a bid with a comma decimal separator there, it would just ignore it, thus increasing your bid by a factor of 100. It’s good that you have the opportunity to review the bid before sending it.]

February 7, 2008, 8:37

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