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From: "Otto Stolz" <>
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Am 1998-07-17 um 21:15 h hat Jonathan Coxhead geschrieben:
> I'm pretty sure I have also seen, on this very list, citations for t=
> uppercase sharp s character. Is it not in anyone's sights for inclusion=
> /|
> (_|/
> /|
> (_/
>-- End of excerpt from Jonathan Coxhead

Am 1998-07-18 um 8:30 h hat Michael Everson geschrieben:
> I myself have actually seen a capital sharp s in print. A nice response=
> automatic capitalization which leaves a small sharp S in the middle of =
> capitalized word (MA=DFSTAB). It had a flat top and a kind of serif. It=
> neat.
>-- End of excerpt from Michael Everson

While <>, the
official rule, clearly states that
> when writing in capitals, "SS" is written [for lower-case "=DF"], e. g.=
> Stra=DFe -- STRASSE),
there are plans to weaken this rule.

In <>, Dr. Klaus He=
a member of the international committee, reports about their "Proposals f=
clarification and further development of the German spelling reform", thu=
> 2. As, in capitalizing, the possible replacement of "=DF" with "SS" doe=
> not appropriatly render the documentarily established spelling of
> proper nasmes ("Grosse" vs. "Gro=DFe"), the possibility will be em-
> phasized that "=DF" may be written in this case ("GRO=DFE"). This ag=
> with the previous usage (cf. Duden 1991, R 187).
Currently, these proposed modifications of the official rules are not (ye=

For capitalized proper names (likewise for typesetting proper names in sm=
caps), an uppercase variant of the sharp-S would indeed be preferable to =
current use of (lowercase) sharp-S. For all other capitalized words (and,=

indeed, for proper names) I'd prefer to stick with double-S -- but, of co=
this is more a matter of habits than of taste.

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz

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