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Won Sign
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Won sign
In Unicode WON SIGN (HTML ₩)
Currency
CurrencySouth Korean won
North Korean won
Old Korean won
Graphical variants
FULLWIDTH WON SIGN
CategoryCategory

The won sign (?) is a currency symbol. It represents the South Korean won, the North Korean won as well as, unofficially, the old Korean won.

Computing

The directory separator character also appears on Korean versions of Microsoft Windows as ?, because position x5C is used both for the won sign on code page 949 and also for backslash in ASCII.[1] Consequently, in many South Korean fonts for Windows, the backslash has the shape of the Won sign, including system fonts such Gulim () and Malgun Gothic ( ). Since unicode and UTF-8 (and UTF-16) have become ubiquitous since the early 21st Century, these issues have begun to fade in new systems but persist in the many legacy systems that will continue to exist for many years.

Encoding

The Unicode code point is WON SIGN (HTML ₩).

Additionally, there is also a sign at FULLWIDTH WON SIGN (HTML ₩ · in the block halfwidth and fullwidth forms) for use with monospaced fonts (which are largely obsolescent).

Fictional use

In fiction, it is used for the woolong, a fictional currency in anime by Shinichir? Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy and Carole & Tuesday), and for "Kinzcash", the currency of the online game Webkinz.

References

  1. ^ "When is a backslash not a backslash?". archives.miloush.net.

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