Eszett variation sequence

MacCampus maccampus at
Thu Apr 6 11:04:31 CDT 2017

Actually, the Berlin street signs are well-known cases of using the alternate form of the German sharp s. I personally have never seen a straight y in German usage anywhere else. For me, both cases can sufficiently being taken care of using OpenType features or simply a dedicated font, as is the case with the lettering in Berlin. 

The German Wikipedia article on the „ß“ (ß) names the author of the font (Herbert Thannhäuser); in the English version on the letter, this information is missing. The article dedicated to Herbert Thannhäuser personally (; German Wikipedia only) makes it clear that the font used in Berlin was especially commissioned from him, so it was probably more a one-off design.

Am 06.04.2017 um 15:26 schrieb Michael Everson <everson at>:

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

Sebastian Kempgen

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