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Topic: Official Bitcoin Unicode Character? (Read 83680 times)

jr. member
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June 26, 2018, 01:32:20 AM
If to compare with other world currencies, then it is rational to take B crossed out.
legendary
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legendary
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June 03, 2017, 04:29:51 PM
Important symbol additions include:
    Bitcoin sign

Release date this month TBD.

legendary
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newbie
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October 27, 2014, 04:48:38 AM
I prefer standard unicode characters:

for bitcoin
ƀ for bit where 1 bit = 10e-6 bitcoins
full member
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October 24, 2013, 05:42:51 PM
slightly off-topic but can anyone point me to the exact font which was used for this graphic? Or was it "hand" drawn? Does anyone know the closest font? Bookman Old and Rockwell make a similar B but not exactly like it.

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/File:BC_Logo_.png
full member
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July 28, 2013, 03:25:33 PM
I also sent an e-mail to Lindsey, suggesting that they create a TeX package that can be used in documents now even before there is an official unicode symbol. e.g.

Code:
\usepackage[Pander]{bitcoin}

would then let us do

The item costs 3.45 \bitcoin{}

and it would insert the design by Pander.

Or if we prefer the Wareen design -

Code:
\usepackage[Wareen]{bitcoin}

The package would use postscript fonts designed by a font designer. It doesn't have to have an actual unicode number to be used in LaTeX.

That would less us play with the different options helping us determine which we prefer. And when there is an official character, the TeX macro package could be updated so that all we have to do is recompile the document and the official character is used.
legendary
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July 28, 2013, 11:35:49 AM
i like oandas btc symbol
member
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July 28, 2013, 11:30:42 AM
I fired off an email to the BitCoin Foundation:

Quote from: to:[email protected]
Hi BTC Foundation...

Could you folk maybe pick up the stale application for a Unicode BitCoin symbol?  Someone needs to do it, and you folk are perhaps best placed.

http://www.unicode.org/consortium/utc-minutes/UTC-127-201105.html

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Scripts and Symbols — Bitcoin Sign (C.14)
[127-A57] Action item for Rick McGowan: Respond to the author of L2/11-129 that the use of the bitcoin symbol in (running) text has not been demonstrated. There may also be IP issues because bitcoin.org is using the symbol as a logo.

http://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetMatchingDocs.pl?L2/11-129

https://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=bitcoin&btnG=Google+Search&domains=unicode.org&sitesearch=unicode.org

I'm sure the suggestion of possible IP issues can be quickly resolved.  The running text one will be interesting - because Bitcoin and keyboards go together - perhaps the evidence of people using BTC as a proxy for a symbol would suffice, especially in the context of using OTHER major currency unicode chars (€$£¥) and various discussion on fora about the need for a symbol will get close. 
Also, maybe some of the BTC wallet / voucher printing site use the B in context?

Anyway, hope you'll consider it.  I was somewhat surprised to see that an application to Unicode has already been made, and considered, and faltered perhaps just for the lack of a response to a query by the applicant.

And just for the example, according to XE.COM,  currently $1.00 = BTC0.0101174
hero member
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May 02, 2013, 03:52:07 AM
Now that was a long thread to read through.  I want to revive this topic.  What about if we use a B symbol with double vertical lines that only come out of the top and bottom of the B, similar to what are on the casascius coins and the official bitcoin client icon?



I couldn't find anything by searching, but I have seen this version in unicode. Can somebody point me to the code?

Ok, it wasn't unicode, just .ttf html/css magic: use \[BTC\] (remove back-slashes) to enable that on the forum.
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Bitcoin!
November 01, 2011, 05:20:28 PM

From what I was able to find in Google, there had been a proposal, and the Unicode Consortium had asked for more details, such as evidence of a plain text symbol being used and research into possible trademark status.  So I don't think it has been rejected, it is waiting for "our" feedback.
legendary
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November 01, 2011, 04:41:56 PM
I see:

The last one is Unicode 6, so not many will have it. A picture of a penguin, but no Bitcoin symbol?


oooh, I don't see the penguin symbol.  Any idea what I need to install or configure in linux environment to see it?  I see the rest.

You can install the Symbola font (you don't need to specify it on modern OSs for it's characters to be used). It supports most of Unicode 6 and some proposed signs too. Then something like BabelMap is a character map replacement that will let you see more characters.

The penguin originates in Japanese emoji characters, which are used in Japanese cel phones for cute text messages (and now work on iPhone4S too).
hero member
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November 01, 2011, 04:37:15 PM
I see:



The last one is Unicode 6, so not many will have it. A picture of a penguin, but no Bitcoin symbol?


oooh, I don't see the penguin symbol.  Any idea what I need to install or configure in linux environment to see it?  I see the rest.
legendary
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November 01, 2011, 04:34:55 PM
I see:



The last one is Unicode 6, so not many will have it. A picture of a penguin, but no Bitcoin symbol?

citation needed

Google site:unicode.org bitcoin
hero member
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November 01, 2011, 04:34:32 PM
citation needed
It appears that Unicode has given Bitcoin the finger as far as having a designation for a Bitcoin character included.
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Bitcoin!
November 01, 2011, 03:59:53 PM
So many people have so many of these box fonts for me.  One box.  Then three boxes, a space, then the fourth box.

I think some people here might just be allergic to bahts.
Yes, it depends on your OS and what fonts and language support you have installed.  I see:

full member
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Bitcoin!
November 01, 2011, 03:57:42 PM
It appears that Unicode has given Bitcoin the finger as far as having a designation for a Bitcoin character included.
Was there a proposal that was officially rejected?  I couldn't find one. http://www.unicode.org/pending/proposals.html
hero member
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November 01, 2011, 03:30:53 PM
〽 = Unicode Bitcoin exchange rate graph...

ᛔᛠᛈ 🐧

So many people have so many of these box fonts for me.  One box.  Then three boxes, a space, then the fourth box.

I think some people here might just be allergic to bahts.
legendary
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November 01, 2011, 03:28:38 PM
It appears that Unicode has given Bitcoin the finger as far as having a designation for a Bitcoin character included.

Now the question is: which private use area character code do we use? The representation of the symbol is really up to font designers, but with a recommended form of upper-case B with top and bottom double-ticks.

I suggest U+EBC0 (and call it "Latin Capital B with Double Stroke" or simply "Bitcoin Currency Sign"), unless anybody can cite any other software or fonts that use this particular private mapping code. A font can be created with just this additional character, and most OSs will search other fonts for the private character and use it when the current font doesn't include it.

〽 = Unicode Bitcoin exchange rate graph...

ᛔᛠᛈ 🐧
hero member
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November 01, 2011, 03:26:46 AM
Now that was a long thread to read through.  I want to revive this topic.  What about if we use a B symbol with double vertical lines that only come out of the top and bottom of the B, similar to what are on the casascius coins and the official bitcoin client icon?



How about something liek this?
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