From: Figge, Donald (Donald.Figge@usa.xerox.com)
Date: Fri Jun 11 1999 - 20:08:38 EDT

As a matter of curiosity, does anyone know why Unicode equates the umlaut
with the diaeresis and gives them the same code point? The two characters
clearly have different functions. The diaeresis indicates a syllable break
between two vowels, as well as indicating that both vowels should be
pronounced individually. It does not change the phonetic value of a
character. The function of the umlaut, on the other hand, is to change
phonetic values. The fact that the diaeresis and the umlaut have the same
design should be irrelevant to Unicode, which is character-(not glyph-)

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