From: Jukka K. Korpela (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 09:22:23 CDT
On Tue, 20 Sep 2005, Antoine Leca wrote:
> A widely different yet possible explanation is that on the 437 codepage (as
> on any PC screen on boot), the only French "extended" capitals were Æ, Ü and
> É; the Æ digraph and Ü are very uncommon, so it may explain also the rule.
Since the letter ae, æ/Æ, popped up, I think I need to ask why it is
considered as a letter used in French. I noticed it in the CLDR material,
where it is listed as a _necessary_ character for writing French, i.e.
in the value of exemplarchars. I haven't seen it in any description of
French orthography, or actually used in French.
>> Does this mean that the French use e.g. Alt-0201 when
>> they wish to type E with acute accent (É)?
> You have various options, and I guess Alt+0201 is one of the least used.
Thanks for the explanations. In MS Word, specifically, or in any word
processor with some customizability, one could also define e.g. that
'E be replaced by É. This saves the use of the Ctrl key.
I'm still puzzled by the French keyboard. It even has an almost unused
key, the one on the left right, for producing just superscript 2.
-- Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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