Aw: Re: LATIN CAPITAL LETTER SHARP S officially recognized

From: Jörg Knappen <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2017 18:05:28 +0200
No, the hyphenation oddity involving the addition of letters with hyphenation
(or, to be more precise, to suppress letters in unhyphenated words) never affected the letter s.
It affected other letters (I know examples for f, l, m, n, p, r, and t) when followed by a vowel, like in
Schiffahrt/Schiff-fahrt. It was always Sauerstoffflasche with three f's.
In the old (1910) spelling of German, ss at the word boundary obligatory became ß. When the
ß was replaced by ss (because of all caps or unavailability of the letter), all three s's were retained.
In the current orthography, the hyphenation oddity is removed completely.
--Jörg Knappen
Gesendet: Montag, 03. Juli 2017 um 09:43 Uhr
Von: "Alastair Houghton" <>
An: "Jörg Knappen" <>
Betreff: Re: LATIN CAPITAL LETTER SHARP S officially recognized
On 2 Jul 2017, at 16:59, Jörg Knappen via Unicode <> wrote:
> > Is it possible to design fonts that will render ẞ as SS?
> In fact, that has happened long before the capital letter sharp s was added to Unicode: The T1 encoding (aka Cork encoding) of LaTeX
> does this since 1990. The reason for this was correct hyphenation for German words rendered in all caps.

Wasn’t there also some oddity relating to hyphenation and “ss”/“SS” in general? I seem to recall that it used to be the case that you ended up with more “s”s than you started with when hyphenating a word containing “ss”…

Kind regards,


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