Re: Uppercase ß is coming? (U+1E9E)

From: Andrew West (
Date: Fri May 04 2007 - 04:43:07 CST

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    On 04/05/07, Frank Ellermann <> wrote:
    > I'll see to it to make it true. I'm pretty sure that Duden and/or
    > the German government will find a way to inform me when they intend
    > to "invent" new characters for my language, and that didn't happen
    > in this case.

    Well you obviously haven't taken a look at the front cover of Der
    Große Duden (Leipzig, 1957, 1960, 1964) -- Figs.9 and 10 in

    > If some "script kiddies" (pun intended) want to use "upper case ß",
    > Shavian, or similar artwork it's fine, but they're not free to say
    > that it's a real "upper case ß", common practice, or in any remote
    > sense a desirable invention.

    Have you read the proposal ? The character is being proposed in order
    to represent examples of usage in existing texts -- whether you like
    it or not some people have used an uppercase form of the letter, and
    there is a need to represent texts which use this uppercase form.

    There is no suggestion of any change to existing orthographic practice
    for German in the encoding of this character.

    > It would break each and every existing software supporting German,
    > it would cause a damage in the order of the W2K upgrade (limited
    > to one language, but still), it's just madness.

    This is not true. Lower case sharp s will continue to upper case to
    "SS", existing implementations will be unaffected.


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