SS symbol -- was: Re: Uppercase is coming? (U+1E9E)

From: Marnen Laibow-Koser (
Date: Tue May 08 2007 - 11:10:31 CDT

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    On May 8, 2007, at 8:43 AM, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:

    > Marnen Laibow-Koser wrote:
    >> Oddly enough -- and I know this may be off topic -- I think the SS
    >> symbol should maybe make it into Unicode. Nazi-era German
    >> typewriters tend to have it as a glyph of its own, on a separate
    >> key. So it may be needed for proper encoding of Nazi-era
    >> documents. I wonder.
    > I think it's been suggested, and given the importance given the
    > glyphs during the Nazi era I think you are correct. Typewriters and
    > typefaces in Germany had to support the symbol, it *was* a
    > character in existence at the time, and Unicode supports historic
    > characters.


    > When this has been suggested, the answer usually given is that this
    > is to be considered a pair of (variant) U+16CB RUNIC LETTER SIGEL
    > LONG-BRANCH-SOL S (ᛋ). I think that was the rune suggested.

    That may well be correct. It does square with the glyph's origin,
    and it may make sense to encode it as an optional ligature.
    > Similarly, years ago, I noted that I thought—and still think—
    > that the Nazi swastika should be encoded, for similar historic
    > reasons. It was not just an important symbol of the times, but I
    > seem to think it found its way into text uses as well (as a
    > dingbat, to be sure, but still used).

    How about MANJI and a variant selector? That should do the trick,
    and do so more elegantly than a separate code point.


    Marnen Laibow-Koser

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