Re: Proposal for German capital letter "ß"
eric.muller at efele.net
Fri Dec 11 01:20:05 CST 2015
On 12/10/2015 2:45 AM, Frédéric Grosshans wrote:
> Le 10/12/2015 05:32, Martin J. Dürst a écrit :
>> A similar example is the use of accents on upper-case letters in
>> French in France where 'officially', upper-case letters are written
>> without accents.
> Actually, the official body in charge of this (Académie Française)
They actually mandate "Académie *f*rançaise". And "Imprimerie
*n*ationale" (for Philippe; even if imprimerienationale.fr has forgotten
> has always recommended upper-case letters with accents , but the
> school teachers teach the other way, and accents on capital letters
> was technically challenging (in printing, writing machines and keyboard),
Thanks to gallica.fr and archive.org, it is easy to see what actually
happened until the middle of the 20th century. What I have seen is that
in both cold and hot metal, until the end of the 19th century, one only
and always sees É È Ê Ë Ç Œ Æ; on small caps, one can sometime find À Â
Ô Ù. That matches all the descriptions of the "casse parisienne" and
"police" (how many "a", "b", "c", etc in a font) I have seen in
typography manuals. Around the beginning of the 20th century, one start
to see books without accented capitals (and unfortunately books with
inconsistent use of the accented capitals).
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