On 27/10/03 3:13 AM,  Simon Butcher <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  wrote:

>I was taught at school that the double-bar form was used when Australia 
>switched to decimal currency in 1966, and that it was incorrect to write 
>the single-bar form when referring to Australian dollars. I guess the 
>single-bar form had taken over due to the lack of support from type-faces 
>and computing devices, although it's still quite common to see it in 
>Australian publications, especially in large fonts (headlines, 
>advertising, etc).

I was also taught in an Australian school (Queensland) at the time of our 
decimal currency chageover, but my experience is exactly the opposite of 
Simon's. We were taught to use the single bar form to distinguish the 
Australian dollar from the U.S. dollar.


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