Re: Umlaut and diaeresis

From: Lars Henrik Mathiesen (
Date: Wed Jun 23 1999 - 08:04:26 EDT

> Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 11:09:28 +0200
> From: Keld J|rn Simonsen <>

> It is not Danish Stnadards, but Dansk Sprognaevn. And it is approved
> by the parliament. Vote for some other representatives to parliament
> next time, Lars.

Go read the thing, Keld. According to the preface to the Danish
Orthographic Dictionary (Retskrivningsordbogen), its publication is
part of the duties of the Danish Language Council (Dansk Sprognævn),
which was set up by a circular from the Ministry of Education in 1955
(i.e., signed by the Minister, but not voted on in Parliament). And
the normative force for use in schools and official correspondence of
the latest edition at any given time was established by a circular in
1892. No MP has ever been asked to vote to approve or disapprove any
particular edition.

And anyway, the sorting rules make explicit reference to Danish
Standards DS 377, 3rd edition 1980. The inclusion of the rules in the
orthographic dictionary does not mean that the Language Council
invented them, and I assume they would have followed any other rule
that DS might have made.

> SHY is the SHY of 8859-1 , 10646-1 etc. And it is for storage
> with the data.

> Most people in Denmark uses iso8859-1 - not UCS for encoding,
> so relying solely on UCS at this point in time is not an option.

The copy of ISO 8859 part 1 that I saw said nothing whatsoever about
what an application is allowed to do with SHY. It may be better
specified in Unicode, but as you say, that's not in use yet.

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <> (Humour NOT marked)

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