French accented letters (was: Re: Monetary decimal separators)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Sep 18 2005 - 17:16:00 CDT

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    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

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