[uf-discuss] 'currency' microformat straw-man proposal.

David Janes davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Thu Sep 21 15:43:05 PDT 2006

I'll just jump in here: I've worked in finance, treasury, risk
management and banking for the last 10 years. I've only seen CAD used
technically to refer to Canadian dollars and anyone, from a
banking/finance _technical_ perspective, is probably mostly interested
in consuming that form of currency information.

Regards, etc...

On 9/21/06, Charles Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> On 9/21/06, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> > In message
> > <84ce626f0609211126w34a1b760h9bf14a662f7a599b at mail.gmail.com>, Charles
> > Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> writes
> >
> > >What I'm arguing is that... we should throw an iso4127 class name in
> > >there too so that other currency codes (besides ISO 4127) could be
> > >used too without (potentially) breaking this or other Semantic HTML
> > >systems (that either exist now or will exist in the future) for
> > >marking up currency.
> >
> > What currency code uses "CDN" for Canadian dollars - or we going to have
> > people inventing their own currency codes, too?
> Well... I use "CDN".  (I'm Canadian BTW.)  Until I read the ISO 4127
> spec, I don't think I've noticed "CAD" being used.  But I've seen
> "CDN" all over the place.
> Even at the currency exchage stores (that I've been to) I believe they
> use "CDN".
> It's a defacto standard.  (Just because ISO doesn't give "CDN" its
> blessing and tells people to use "CAD" doesn't mean people will.)
> As far as people inventing their own currency codes.... an
> organization like ISO or ANSI creating standards codes is really no
> different from any group doing it.  They are just groups of people.
> After all... if you want to exclude one group... the W3C might say
> that we here at Microformats.org should not be allowed to create web
> standards.  (We basically say f*** you.  We don't need your blessing.)
> Why not make the standard we are creating be extensible (by making the
> type of currency code being used be marked explicitly... with the
> iso4127 class in our case)?
> That way it will be useful to more people.  (That way it will be
> useful to people who aren't using ISO 4127 cods.)  And thus this
> Microformat will have a better chance of being used.  (Also, it can
> make it so that different groups won't have conflicting ways of
> marking up currency.  And we won't get a big mess.)
> So... I'm NOT saying that we should NOT use ISO 4127 codes.  (I
> actually think we should use them.)  I'm just saying that we should
> mark that we are using ISO 4127 codes (via a iso4127 class) so that
> people can use other currency codes too (and not have a bid confused
> mess).
> See ya
> --
>     Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
>     charles @ reptile.ca
>     supercanadian @ gmail.com
>     developer weblog: http://ChangeLog.ca/
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