At 15:04 -0800 1/4/06, Larry Wall wrote:
Recently I had time to think about the $ symbol we use in Perl.
I think Perl has been using the USD symbol for too long, and I'm now sure
that it's time to replace it. After some research I came to the conclusion
that the best fit is the euro symbol (¤).
So, spread the word, Perl 6 will require you to replace all the $ in your
scripts with ¤. That's just a regex after all...
But $ isn't specifically a USD symbol. Its used
by Canada and Australia too, if not more places.
Its multi-country like the Euro is.
Perhaps what we need is a more universal currency. I suggest gold.
So every relevant symbol name could start with
'Au' instead of '$', and an advantage of this is
that it is still easy to type on any keyboard.
-- Darren Duncan