From: Markus Scherer (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 15 2003 - 19:13:32 EST
David J. Perry wrote:
> The convention of using a horizontal line to mark an abbreviation, often
> the omission of m or n, goes back to the middle ages (if not earlier)
> and was often used in early printed books; apparently it has lived on in
> some handwriting, to judge from your post. ...
I can confirm the use of m+overline from my family, although I never adopted it myself.
Also, umlauts are handwritten as double dots or as double prime or as a single overline etc. The
double prime style looks most like a Fraktur 'e', which AFAIK is where the umlaut modifier originates.
I always considered those personal variations, "font styles" if you wish. Now I know that the
m+overline was used elsewhere, thanks :-)
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