Re: LC_CTYPE locale category and character sets.

From: Geoffrey Waigh (
Date: Fri Jul 17 1998 - 02:09:38 EDT

Nelson H. F. Beebe wrote:
> Keld J{\o}rn Simonsen writes:
> >> Yes, some French maintain that the uppercase version of lowercase
> >> accented letters do not have accents.
> That is traditional in the French in France, but not in the French in
> Canada, where accents are preserved in uppercase letters.
> At a conference I attended in Paris a few years ago, a French
> typographer reported that the dropping of accents in uppersased words
> often led to confusion, citing <<Congr{\`e}s de D{\'e}putes>> ->
> <<CONGRES DE DEPUTES>>, which is pronounced entirely differently.

So as I thought, the pronounciation does not change when the text
is uppercased, they probably would want string searches to not
consider the unaccented and "virtual" accented words to match and
would probably also want intelligent software to restore accents when
lowercasing the text.

If so, shouldn't this be handled as a locale specific font issue
where the accented capital letters are represented by glyphs
without accents rather than mapping them to the wrong letter?
Of course legacy data will still require kludges to process
properly, but is the user communitity demanding those kludges
in perpetuity in addition to this typographic practice?

Geoffrey Waigh

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