Eszett variation sequence

Michael Everson everson at
Thu Apr 6 08:26:56 CDT 2017

Can you give an example of any font which has two glyphs in it for ß?

I mean, I was in Berlin and I took this picture:

Do you think we should encode a Latin straight y (like the Cyrillic one) so we can write Seүdlitzstraſʒe?

> On 6 Apr 2017, at 13:37, Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper at> wrote:
> U+00DF Latin Letter Sharp S ⟨ß⟩ has at least two rather different visual styles resulting from a ligature of either long and round lowercase S, ⟨ſs⟩, or of long S and normal or tailed lowercase Z, ⟨ſz⟩ or ⟨ſʒ⟩. Most modern typeface designs follow the first style and sometimes the right-hand side is quite distinct from the shape of the round S in the same font. In some cases it makes sense to distinguish the glyphic origins, because, by orthographic or graphotactic means, for instance, an _sz_ digraph is appropriate in different places than an _ss_ repeated letter.
> Would it make sense to propose standardized variation sequences for these styles or should this be left to font features like `cv##` or `calt` in Opentype?

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