How To: Display the euro Currency Symbol in ArcGIS


Instructions provided describe how to display the euro Currency Symbol in ArcGIS. Starting with version 8.1.2, ArcGIS can display the euro Currency Symbol, which is the symbol for the European Union common currency. The data formats that support the symbol are Coverage, Shapefile, and Geodatabase.

The operating system and the code page used by the operating system must support the euro Currency Symbol in order to use it in ArcGIS. The following code pages support the euro Currency Symbol:

Windows/ANSI code page

- 1250: Windows Latin 2 (Central Europe)
- 1251: Windows Cyrillic (Slavic)
- 1252: Windows Latin 1 (ANSI)
- 1253: Windows Greek
- 1254: Windows Latin 5 (Turkish)
- 1255: Windows Hebrew
- 1256: Windows Arabic
- 1257: Windows Baltic
- 1258: Windows Vietnamese
- 874: Windows Thai

ISO code page

- ISO Character Set 8859-15 (Latin 9)


Accessing the euro Currency Symbol

On most international keyboards you can use the combination keystroke "AltGr+e" to enter the euro symbol

Euro Currency Symbol

[O-Image] Euro Currency Symbol
. To enter the euro Currency Symbol on standard U.S. keyboards, hold down an Alt key and type 0128 on the numeric keypad. For a complete list of euro keystrokes, see The euro Currency Symbol section of Microsoft's Typography Web site listed below.

ArcInfo Coverage

Starting at ArcGIS 8.1.2, coverages for the Western European languages are stored in the ISO 8859-15 code page, instead of ISO 8859-1. The ISO 8859-1 code page doesn’t include the euro Currency Symbol. The ISO 8859-15 code page is in an update to the ISO 8859-1 code page, replacing the seldom-used symbols with French and Finnish characters missing from ISO 8859-1. The ISO 8859-15 code page includes the euro Currency Symbol at position '0xA4’, substituting the former international currency sign. ISO 8859-15 covers most West European languages, such as French, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Portuguese, Italian, Albanian, Rhaeto-Romanic, Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, Scottish, and English. The following tables show the ISO 8859-1 and the ISO 8859-15 code pages. The characters that differ between these two code pages are highlighted in dark green.

The hexadecimal values listed under each character represent the code point value of Unicode.

ISO 8859-1
ISO 8859-1 Code Page

[O-Image] ISO8859-1
ISO 8859-15
ISO 8859-15 Code Page

[O-Image] ISO8859-15

The ISO 8859-1 code page will continue to be used as the default code page for Coverages in English.

ArcInfo Workstation: ArcPlot/ArcEdit

A new codeset file named 'iso8859_15' is located in the ARCHOME/locale/util/nls_codesets directory. This file supports the euro Currency Symbol for TrueType fonts. Intellifonts do not contain the glyph number for the euro Currency Symbol; therefore, a TrueType font or an Intellifont that supports the euro Currency Symbol must be used to display the euro symbol as text, label, or annotation in ArcPlot and ArcEdit.

Windows NT product upgrade for the euro Currency Symbol support

Previous versions of Windows, such as Windows NT, do not support the euro Currency Symbol. Microsoft has a product upgrade, for displaying the euro Currency Symbol correctly in applications, that supports the euro Currency Symbol. The update is necessary since Windows NT was released before the euro was in place. The update is in the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center Web site listed in Related Information.

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