[XeTeX] l: Re: problems with fontspec and german sharp s ligature

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Tue Apr 8 12:59:57 CEST 2008


Of course you would only hyphenate Grüs-se in a very narrow measure where 
you were allowing just  two letters to be taken over.  However, my Duden 
Rechtschreibung, which has the new spelling rules highlighted in red, does 
not allow -ss- in that word anyway:  it still gives Grüße with eszett for 
the plural.  The new rules were an attempt by a committee (of course) to 
achieve some harmony between German, Austrian, and Swiss usage but they have 
ended up pleasing no one.  (The Frankfurter Allgemeiner has refused to 
implement them and so far no one there has been struck by lightning.)



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ulrike Fischer" <news2 at nililand.de>
To: <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:40 AM
Subject: JunkEmail: Re: [XeTeX] problems with fontspec and german sharp s 

Am Tue, 8 Apr 2008 11:49:11 +0200 schrieb Yves Codet:

>>> However, this might be missing a subtle point of German typsetting --
>>> how is the sharp s supposed to be hyphenated?
>> It is not hyphenated: schlie-ßen, Grü-ße.
> Unless I'm mistaken this is the new spelling; in the old spelling one
> would have Grüs-se, I think.

That's an urban legend. I have here a "Duden" from 1986 which states
clearly "ß bezeichnet immer einen Laut und wird nicht getrennt". That
means more or less: "ß is one char and is not hyphenated".

The old Duden says even, that when "ss" is used instead of ß (e.g. on a
typewriter which doesn't have a ß) then the ss is not hyphenated:
müs-sen (normal case) but Grü-sse (because it comes from Grü-ße). This
has changed with the new spelling (probably because nobody used this
rule anyway). Now you hyphenate Grüs-se.

Ulrike Fischer

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