Re: Capital Sharp S in the News

From: Karl Pentzlin (
Date: Thu Jul 03 2008 - 15:57:46 CDT

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    Am Donnerstag, 3. Juli 2008 um 21:53 schrieb Gerrit Sangel:

    GS> The entire ß key does not have any space for the capital ß any more. The only
    GS> way (which would make sense) would be AltGr+S.

    If you allow Shift+AltGr (like e.g. the Finnish-Sámi keyboard), there is
    still enough room left.

    GS> But if the keyboard producers manage to put the capital ß on the keyboard, I
    GS> am really angry.
    GS> I am fighting a war that people use the „“ instead of "", but it seems
    GS> hopeless ... I do
    GS> not see the problem for the keyboard producers to print some characters like
    GS> „“’»« on the keyboard. There is still so much space left. They managed to do
    GS> that quite easily with the € sign and even the Windows keys.

    Look at the „Europatastatur“ (an “European keyboard” based on the German
    standard layout) at .
    It enables you to type the capital ß by Shift+AltGr+S (the next version
    probably will move that letter to the Shift+AltGr+ß position where everybody
    seems to expect it) but contains also the quotes and similar characters
    required for correct typography.
    Using that keyboard layout, you can type (besides the capital ß) without
    any compromises (hoping this will pacify your anger):

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    - Karl Pentzlin

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