Apostrophe, and DINkeyboard (was: U+25CA LOZENGE)

From: Otto Stolz <Otto.Stolz_at_uni-konstanz.de>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:00:21 +0200


am 2012-08-13 18:09, schrieb Andreas Prilop:
> http://www.machsmit.de/media/mainteaser/header-ichwillserleben.png
> http://www.machsmit.de/kampagne/printmedien.php
> show what the braindead German DIN keyboard layout has done to
> the apostrophe (): Killed by the acute accent ().

DIN 2112 (from 1928) for mechanical typewriters had indeed no
apostrophe key, due to lack of keys (remember: there are 4 more
letters in the German alphabet than in the US-English one).
However, this standard has been withdrawn, in 2002.

DIN 2137 (from 1976) is for computers:
These keyboards always had both the acute, and grave, accents,
and the (ASCII) apostrophe.

Andreas example does not present any evidence that
an acute accent is involved. It could as well be a
real U+2019 apostrophe, rendered in a slanted, sanserif
font. As the text is presented in PNG, i. e. grafic,
format, you really cannot tell the difference.

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz
Received on Mon Aug 13 2012 - 15:02:48 CDT

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