As I began work on a package design project for a food item, I dedicated time to study the visual communication of net weight and its respective standards of visual representation. I noted a stylized E on the packaging of many products, particularly on the shiny containers of my favored Illy and Lavazza espresso. I learned that the mark regulated mass and volume by assigning a nominal weight to a packaged good that came from the E.U. This assignment contributes to the accuracy of net weight by accepting that only a negligible fluctuation can occur in weight, per batch or product.
The symbol is available in the glyphs palette of Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. The sign has been included in the Unicode list of characters, and is regarded as a new basic character in a typeface. It’s characters are U+212E.