Allowing the user to select the currency symbol

David Carlson carlson.dl at
Wed Sep 25 12:11:21 EDT 2013

On 9/25/2013 10:02 AM, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Frédéric Perrin <fred at> writes:
>> Yes. OTOH, beyond the locale currency, we can't decide for the user what
>> is meant by $ or £. Do you think this is too much trouble for something
>> users won't bother to configure ?
> Possibly, yes.
>> I guess we can decide to use $ for USD, £ for GBP and for the other
>> currencies, invent some qualifier. CAD already has C$, but e.g. Brunei
>> and Bahamain both have B$. How do we resolve this ambiguity ?
> Maybe.  Maybe not..  One possibility would be to have defaults in the
> iso-4217-currencies and a flag (which the user can set) for whether to
> display it.
>>> worse, GConf editing is really only simple on Linux, so you're leaving
>>> out users of Mac and Windows.
>> Editing GConf was only for development, if the idea is sound we'd
>> hopefully also get a GUI editor (new tab in the Pref dialog ?).
> While interesting, this would be a lot of effort!  :)
> But go ahead if this is your plan.
> You could start with built-in defaults and let the user change them;
> perhaps on a per-datafile setting?  (That would indeed be easiest).  Or
> I guess it could go into the user's "global" settings.  Hard to say
> what's the Right Thing here.
> -derek
As another user I would suggest per data file.  One user may want
different settings in another file.

David C
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