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|The ESTIMATED SIGN in implementationThe ESTIMATED SIGN has been placed at U+212E in the UCS. It is also a member of the WGL4 character set.
Some persons have claimed that the ESTIMATED SIGN is not a character. Apart from the fact that all characters in the UCS are characters, the claim appears to be based on the assertion that the glyph is invariable. Zapf Dingbats are also part of the UCS even though their glyphs are nominally invariant.
Market reality, however, is that typesetting and printing houses throughout Europe make use of the ESTIMATED SIGN in preparation of packaging, and its presence in character sets to be used in Europe is a definite advantage.
I found online "Council Directive 75/106/EEC of 1974-12-19 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making-up by volume of certain prepackaged liquids", which contains the following text:
3. INSCRIPTIONS AND MARKINGSIt is clear from this last line the the Directive intends the glyph to be invariable.
This drawing from Directive 71/316/EEC, I found on on a Swedish site.
Here is some relevant European legislation:
I checked a number of packages in my house. Most which had the ESTIMATED SYMBOL had the canonical one. I did find a difference between the symbols used by one company. The left ESTIMATED SIGN in the illustration below is from Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate; the right one is from Cadbury's Cocoa. The proportions of the right one appear to be 1 : 1, while the canonical one's proportions are 1 : 0.9. Does this mean that the statement on the Cadbury's Cocoa is invalid?
In Helsinki this month I bought a bottle of European beer, labelled in six European languages. I reproduce the back label below. It does not use the canonical ESTIMATED SYMBOL. What is the legal status of this? Is it an attempt on the part of the company to deceive the public as to the estimated volume of the bottle of beer? Of course not. It is a typographical solution made by someone who had not read Council Directive 75/106/EEC of 1974-12-19.
The ESTIMATED SIGN should be made available in large subsets of UCS characters intended for use in Europe.
HTML Michael Everson, Evertype, 48B Gleann na Carraige, Cill Fhionntain, Baile Átha Cliath 13, Éire, 2004-01-21
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