diacritical marks on ADS-L

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 1 15:51:57 UTC 2013

On Feb 1, 2013, at 10:17 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 1/31/2013 11:50 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> FWIW, I would follow Jon is using the spelling, _Soeze_, in imitation
>> of the common method of transliterating German, simply because, AFAIK,
>> the question as to what diacritics can be used in a post without
>> having that post turned into a meaningless letter-salad has never been
>> answered.
> To try to answer:
> (1)  I believe all users of ADS-L should be able
> to display that set of diacritical marks --
> whether by themselves or over (Latin) letters --
> that are used in the so-called "Western European"
> languages, such as German, French, Spanish,
> Norwegian.  This is because today pretty much
> every application (here meaning email
> applications and browsers) supports an encoding
> standard sometimes called "Latin 1", which was targeted at that "area".
> While Turkish is not included (it has some
> letters not in Latin 1), Latin 1 can produce a
> "small letter o with diaeresis" (as it's called
> in the standards world, which does not use the
> term "umlaut" here).  Thus Jon could have sent
> Töze and we-all (I think) could have read
> it.  (If anyone couldn't read Töze with an accented o, please let me know.)

I can read it with the accent (which I will go on thinking of as an umlaut), but the S ends up looking a lot like a T ;-)


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