The new Indian rupee symbol has finally arrived. It was announced in July and now the new Unicode 6.0 specification has included the symbol along with 2000+ other new characters. The Unicode key for the Indian rupee is U+20B9.
Ubuntu 10.10 which was released a few days back on October 10th is the first operating system to support the symbol out of the box. The pace at which the rupee sign has been adopted by people and the media is quite laudable. Widespread acceptance however, will depend on how many people within the country start using it.
The government is now asking keyboard and mobile manufacturers to include the character to allow for easy typing. The aim is to make it universally used within 18-24 months.