Re: The glyph of the CAPITAL SHARP S

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 03:26:30 CDT

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    At 22:46 -0700 2007-05-09, John Hudson wrote:

    >Rather than a lot of non-Germans and people who
    >are not type designers or typographers making
    >suggestions about what this German character
    >should look like, it seems to me that the DIN
    >should have a competition to design the model
    >form for inclusion in standards glyph charts and
    >identify acceptable variations selected by a
    >jury of German designers and publishers. These
    >are, after all, the people who will be using
    >this thing.

    I speak German, John. Lots of people who are not
    German speak German. Great-great grandfather was
    German. Does that count?

    I think that on the Unicode list we do have a
    good mix of "na´ve" German users as well as a
    number of people who are involved in type design
    or typography. This is not a bad place to discuss
    the matter or to review my PDF attempts to
    improve what goes on the ballot.

    >Since Linotype, as a German company, is the font
    >publisher that is most likely to be affected by
    >the encoding of this character, and who will be
    >under the most pressure, if use of the character
    >becomes widespread, to add support for it to
    >their library, it seems to me that inviting
    >their input on the design would be a sensible
    >move for DIN.

    Your idea is fine, but at the end of the day it
    falls to me to draw the glyph that goes in the
    charts, and it is expected to harmonize with the
    rest of the glyphs. And the UCS is an
    International Standard, not just a DIN standard.

    Michael Everson *

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