Unicode is complicated

Duncan Stephen
Monday 15 September 2014

Why there are four different ways to show the pound sterling symbol in Unicode. With added explosions.

Confusion surrounding the pound goes beyond the Scottish independence referendum. This article from Us vs Th3m outlines four different ways the pound sign can be displayed using Unicode, the system used for handling text with computers. With added explosions.

The pound is comparatively easy. Be careful the next time you think you are typing a dash (–). You might accidentally be typing a hypen (-) or a minus sign (−) instead.

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