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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Jul 17, 2002

http://cloanto.com/kb/3-144.html



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George Hopkins
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Ask your local bank. Jul 17, 2002

Your bank should be able to help you.

In Sweden they use three upper case letters, placed before the numerals. Eg, USD, US dollar. GBD, Great Britain pound. SEK, Swedish krona.

I have seen the upper case M used to indicate millions, eg, MSEK.


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ISO Alpha 2 simply Jul 17, 2002

and George, it\'s GBP.



MSEK = MEGA-SEK = million SEK

KSEK = kilo-SEK = thousand SEK



In a globalised world the only answer is SEK, ATS, HUF etc.


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Not a question Jul 17, 2002

Actually, this wasn\'t a question. The site I submitted lists possible style guidelines for writing currencies in English. This is one possible way to do it based on some well-respected sources like the Chicago Manual of Style.



By the way, I disagree with Mats - it depends on the context. ISO codes are perfectly appropriate in specialized financial documents, but I agree with the site that many laypeople are unfamiliar with these.



Cheers!

Daina


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Can't see why they would capitalise... Jul 18, 2002

...and \"EU euro\" is simply way off.



Here\'s what the EU says about euro spelling:

europa.eu.int/euro/html/rubrique-cadre5.html?pag=rubrique-defaut5.html|lang=5|rubrique=221|chap=15


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Yes, but Jul 18, 2002

Yes, EU euro is not correct in my opinion either. However, I think their justification for capitalization is OK - they intend these designations to be capitalized only in lists, especially in software / Web sites. In regular text, they should not be capped.

Here is a site that follows this style:

http://www.economist.com/markets/currency/index.cfm

(The dropdown list has everything capitalized and the articles to the right lowercase currencies.)



Anyway, sometimes the rule in English is \"as long as you are consistent within a text, there are several possible options\". So if you decide to lowercase, so be it, as long as you do that throughout the text.



Thanks for the discussion! Not too many people are that interested in these nit-picky language points.


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George Hopkins
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Thanks Mats! An unfortunate slip of my finger. Jul 19, 2002

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On 2002-07-17 21:16, MatsWiman wrote:

and George, it\'s GBP.



MSEK = MEGA-SEK = million SEK

KSEK = kilo-SEK = thousand SEK



In a globalised world the only answer is SEK, ATS, HUF etc.


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