The Unicode Technical Committee(UTC) has approved a code position for our new Indian Rupee Symbol. Which means we can start using our rupee symbol all around the world in computers, mobile phones and internet without deviating from Unicode standards. Very soon you will be able to type the symbol in your favorite internet applications like twitter, facebook and gmail.
The new code position was proposed by the world famous typographer Michael Everson. The new code position of rupee symbol will be implemented to the ISO standards and all new fonts will come with support for our rupee symbol. Â But there is a small problem. You wont be able to type the rupee symbol with your existing keyboard with ease. Â No more worries. We have a solution for you
The foradians who first helped you type the rupee symbol on your computers with their legendary Rupee Foradian font has now come up with a quick and easy solution which will make you type the rupee symbol with out changing the keyboard, while sticking to the Unicode standard. Â Here is how it can be done
- Download the Rupee Keyboard zip file to your computer
- Extract the contents of the zip file
- First you have to install the new fonts
- Double click the Rupee Installer.exe File and follow the instructions
- This will install four new fonts to your computer Â with support for new rupee symbol in Unicode recommended code position
- Then double click the Keyboard Install.exe file
- This will install a new keyboard layout in your computer
- To enable the keyboard layout selector right click on the task bar and select language bar from the toolbars menu
- Now you can click on the small keyboard icon and enable the Rupee Foradian Keyboard Layout
- Double check the keyboard layout is active
- Now you can use the grave accent key on the keyboard to type the rupee symbol by selecting the Rupee Foradian Standard fonts
- You can set Rupee Foradian Standard as the default font in browser and start using the rupee symbol in any applications like gmail, twitter or facebook.
Rupee_Fonts_Standard.zip (142 KB)
If you can see only squares instead of rupee symbol, please check whether the font selected is “Rupee Foradian Standard” or a font with Indian Rupee symbol mapped to U+20B9 of Unicode. And if your friends can see squares for the rupee symbol you typed in your computer. Dont worry. The squares are actually our rupee symbol, just waiting for the ISO approval.
For Linux?Mac user
- Download the Rupee Foradian Standard fonts
- Type the following command in terminal window
xmodmap -e “keycode 49 = U20b9 grave”
Now you can use the grave accent key to get the Rupee Symbol.
Excepts from Foradian Technology Official Blog
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