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Do most people know how to type their $currency symbol ?

     
4:13 am on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is holding down a shift key and pressing "4" as on my computer a complex task for many people? Are there many web users who may be stumped by this?

I'm using a classifieds script that automatically inserts a pre-defined(by me) currency symbol next to the price people enter for the product they're selling. But I want to expand the classifieds globally, and it'd be easy for me if I can just have people enter their appropriate currency symbol.

4:59 am on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you are worried, you could use a drop down list with predefined options.
9:00 am on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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?
12:35 pm on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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alt 155

Now can anyone tell what the Euro symbol is?

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yeah, maybe a dropdown is the way to go

>>>Do you know how to make the (US cent) character?

ctrl-c, ctrl-v :)

6:00 pm on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

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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.

Mack.

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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.

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$ 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 ..

5:58 am on Nov 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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> 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).