From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Sep 18 2005 - 17:16:00 CDT
Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:
> (1) If you speak about the "optional" accents on capitals, you should
> know that this is just a technical issue in France with French
> keyboards that required *accepting* capitals without accents, so they
> became non-mandatory.
> But for the Académie Française, and all French linguists, and in
> serious books like dictionnaries, the accents have always been
> present, and are required.
Rightly or wrongly, it is still very easy to find reference sources that
claim that accented lowercase letters in fr-FR lose, or may lose, their
accents when converted to uppercase.
If this is not, or no longer, the case, it would be helpful for the
relevant authorities to contact these sources and politely ask them to
correct their information. Regular users of fr-FR can help by
contacting the sources themselves and referring them to the appropriate
authoritative source. This will help assure the reference provider that
this is not just one person's opinion.
Partly relevant to this is the perception that in Italian, the uppercase
form of é is E'. This idea exists because the standard Italian keyboard
contains a key for lowercase é but not for uppercase É.
-- Doug Éwell Fullerton, California http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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