Re: German »ß«

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:40:45 -0800

On 2/16/2013 12:06 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> 2013/2/16 Stephan Stiller <>:
>> Of course in my worldview, all-caps writing is deprecated :-)
> This is a presentation style which makes words more readable in some
> conditions, notably on plates displayed on roads (cities are extremely
> rarely written in lowercase, as this is more difficult to read from
> far away when driving). Capitals anyway do not exclude preserving
> distinctions (so there's a capital Ess-Tsett which preserves the
> distinction with SS, anc accents are still present, even if they are
> difficult to distinguish from far away on roads)

This may be a French thing.


For US, see discussion here:

For Germany, look at
or google "Autobahnschilder" for more

PPS: Sweden has quite a bit of UPPERCASE, but seems to use mixed case
for some purposes (such as legends on warning signs and minor
destinations on road signs).
> Deprecation only concerns long texts, presented in multiline
> paragraphs, for which capitals make the text less easy to read.
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