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Juerd Waalboer
April 2, 2007 09:18
Re: German sharp-s: was Re: perl, the data, and the tf8 flag
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demerphq skribis 2007-04-02 14:36 (+0200):
> Hmm, i did not know that. Interesting. I know that in common
> conversation ive heard "ß" refered to as "sz", but i didnt realize
> that it was ever an official equivelency.

sz is the original form in an sz-ligature. The ß character is composed
of s and z, but with the s and z written in a different forms than are
common today. The s is in the sz-ligature like an f without the
horizontal stroke, the z like the digit 3.

In some road signs in Berlin, a font is used that shows the old

But back on topic, I don't think sz would work either either, as there
are probably compound words of which the first part ends in s, and the
second begins with z, where a non-compound word exists with the same
spelling, but ß.
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