I know that it is little late to be writing about the Indian Rupee symbol. My post is not about the Indian Government releasing the symbol but how this symbol will be incorporated in software & hardware.

Why this is important?

Now there are fonts for the Rupee symbol. This approach requires all users to install the font on their machines. Otherwise what appears as Rupee symbol to me will appear as garbled text to you.

The Practical Solution

The Indian Rupee symbol has to be incorporated into the Unicode Standard. The Unicode Standard is a character coding system designed to support the worldwide interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of the diverse languages and technical disciplines of the modern world. In addition, it supports classical and historical texts of many written languages.

Unicode Standard is governed by the Unicode Consortium. A periodic update is released where support for new symbols, languages etc are added. The Indian Government has submitted an application to the Unicode Consortium to allocate a code point (Numeric value). Encoding in the Unicode Standard will also ensure encoding in the International standard ISO/IEC 10646. The symbol will also be included in the Indian Standards – Indian Script Code for Information Interchange (ISCII), which will hopefully be done by this December 2010 – January 2011 time frame. Encoding in Unicode and ISO / IEC 10646 is expected take more than a year. Once it is included in the Unicode Standard, computers, devices and other applications will be able to provide support for the symbol.

Till that time, we can get used to replacing Rs. with Indian Rupee symbol.svg