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Status: Individual Contribution Action: For consideration by JTC1/SC2/WG2 and UTC Date: 2003-10-01

By Source Michael Everson and Roozbeh Pournader


In N2523 it was noted that in January 2000, N. R. Liwal said on the Unicode discussion list that he had been to Kabul and met with Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan as well as to others about the Afghan currency sign and its usage in many spheres of life, from accountancy to government correspondence and general marketing. No formal proposal was ever generated to follow up on that discussion. While preparing the report Computer Locale Requitements for Afghanistan for the UNDP in Kabul, we were able to document the character in use. q AFGHANI SIGN Essentially this is an abbreviation of the Pashto word ����� � afgˇānəy, and the Persian word ������ afgˇānī, where the initial ALEF is placed beneath an unfinished isolate FEH. In handwriting the end of the FEH is usually looped around into the ALIF thus: r. It is our belief that this second glyph resulted in N. R. Liwal’s reanalysis of the glyph thus p as an abbreviation of ALEF FEH GHAIN (Liwal’s glyph for this is m). We think that this analysis is a mistake (Liwal also has given the more neutral glyph} as another variant of the symbol). In handwritten samples in ledgers at the Bank-e Milli-e Afghan (the Afghan National Bank), only one dot is used, and no separate ALEF alongside the loop. We are confident that th

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