Long-s and final-s, U+017F (was: Re: Mixed up priorities)

From: Karl Pentzlin (karl-pentzlin@acssoft.de)
Date: Sun Oct 24 1999 - 04:22:51 EDT

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From: Otfried Cheong <otfried@cs.ust.hk>
To: Unicode List <unicode@unicode.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 1999 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: Mixed up priorities

> Long-s versus ordinary s is exactly the same distinction as KAF versus
> FINAL KAF, TSADI versus FINAL TSADI, etc. in Hebrew, ...

No. This applies for the English use (of former centuries), but not for the
German use. In scripts which distinguish between long-s and round-s
(especially Fraktur), this is done on grammatical criterions. Within words,
you find round-s as well as long-s. At the end of words, you can even find a
long-s after the spelling reform of 1998 (if there is a sequence of two
sīs). Itīs ugly but true. Refer to Duden, Die deutsche Rechtschreibung, 21nd
edition, p. 71.

Karl Pentzlin
AC&S Analysis Consulting & Software GmbH
München, Germany

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