Re: Capital Sharp S in the News

From: Michael S. Kaplan (
Date: Tue Jul 01 2008 - 03:15:58 CDT

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    This is my opinion is that Microsoft should make them a case pair in the
    next version of Windows.


    Not that I expect to be heeded in this case....

    MichKa[p] [Microsoft]
    Windows International Fundamentals

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Michael Everson" <>
    To: "Unicode Discussion" <>
    Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 11:11 PM
    Subject: Re: Capital Sharp S in the News

    > At 20:02 -0700 2008-06-30, Mark Davis wrote:
    >>It is *not* a matter of stability; it is a matter of correctness. The
    >>correct outcome is "SS".
    > That's a matter of opinion, of course.
    > Since German orthographic reform has made <Maße> ['ma:s@] 'measures'
    > distinct in spelling from <Masse> ['mas@] 'mass' it is easily arguable
    > that abolishing this distinction in all caps as <MASSE> for both is an
    > error, and that <MAßE> (with capital ß) is in fact "correct". That's a
    > linguistic distinction, properly maintained in orthography with the new
    > character.
    > Werner Lemberg has already pointed to Strauß/Strauss as a personal-name
    > distinction --
    > certainly a matter of import for the identification of people...
    > So I believe it is only a matter of time before "correctness" is made
    > normative. (Could be a long time. Could be shorter.)
    > --
    > Michael Everson *

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