If you are worried, you could use a drop down list with predefined options.
A drop-down would be a good idea.
My local currency symbol requires
Alt+0165 on Windows with an English keyboard. I know that key combination, but I'd doubt many others would.
Do you know how to make the
¢ (US cent) character?
Now can anyone tell what the Euro symbol is?
yeah, maybe a dropdown is the way to go
>>>Do you know how to make the ¢ (US cent) character?
ctrl-c, ctrl-v :)
No one should be using currency symbols.
Is that dollar one from the US, Australia, Hong Kong, or somewhere else?
Is that pound from the UK, or from Egypt?
See International Standard ISO 4217 for three-letter currency symbols for commerce and electronic systems.
Would the end user have a clue about the three letter codes? Most here would, but out there? not so sure.
I think a combination of the two might work well in a dropdown...
£ - GBP
$ - USD
This might be a good scinario to use location detection? Present the user with a currency based on their country or origin, but with the option to change it.
|Are there many web users who may be stumped by this? |
Doesn't matter, always assume they don't know how. If currency is a vital part of your site's function, make it a required selection. Use that selection to reflect the right currency symbol in any output.
£ $ and € are built into my keyboard(s) ..currently 10 ( 9 desktops ..one laptop )..and 6 desktop keyboards in reserve ..including "rollup silent waterproof" ..
as in all modern "azertyuiop" keyboards ..
Some of you may be getting "short changed" ;) on the keyboards supplied with your machines :)
"Normally" you get the keyboard which matches your machine ( if you buy a "desktop pack" ) or a laptop ..both of which match your local currency ..plus $ and £ built in ..
> Would the end user have a clue about the three letter codes? Most here would, but out there? not so sure.
Hmm - I don't know - I am guessing most Americans wouldn't give it another thought, but if you live in a Country that uses a Currency Symbol like g1smd suggests - then I am sure they would be familiar with it - as they are probably frustrated dealing with people assuming $ = USD (which I would have unless I REALLY thought about it).
When in doubt on things like this - I often look to Amazon to see what they do. They seem to use the three character code when talking about currencies.
Just my 2 Cents - I mean .02 (USD).