[R-pkg-devel] Producing ß in help files.

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at effectivedefense.org
Sat Jan 6 05:31:27 CET 2018

On 2018-01-05 21:41, Rolf Turner wrote:
> On 06/01/18 16:19, Spencer Graves wrote:
>> On 2018-01-05 20:52, Rolf Turner wrote:
>>> In a help file that I am writing I wish to cite an item by a bloke 
>>> whose surname is Weiß.
>>        Write it "Weiss".
>>        See "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9F".
>>        That name is written "Weiss" in Switzerland and Liechtenstein 
>> but "Weiß" in Germany and Austria.  German is the official language 
>> of Liechtenstein and the primary of four official languages of 
>> Switzerland.
>>        Standard high German has several characters that are not used 
>> in English but have standard transliterations using the English latin 
>> alphabet.  These include "ß" = "ss", "ä" = "ae", "ö" = "oe" and "ü" = 
>> "ue".
> <SNIP>
> I'm sure that you're correct, but I find it frustrating not to be able 
> to produce a symbol (which is readily available elsewhere --- e.g. in 
> LaTeX or from the keyboard using the "compose key") under the ".Rd" 
> system.  I'd like to be *able to produce it*, even if I shouldn't! :-)
> cheers,
> Rolf
> P. S.  It also seems to me to be polite --- if that's the way the 
> bloke writes his name, then  that's the way that I ought to write it 
> when referring to him.

       Agreed -- except that people who have not studied German would 
not recognize "ß" as sounding like "ss":  They might want to pronounce 
it "Weib" -- old German for "woman", though transliterated as "wife" -- 
very different from "Weiß" = "White".

       "Solzhenitsyn" is the English and Spanish transliteration of a 
name that appears in German as "Solschenizyn", French as "Soljenitsyne", 
and Russian as "Солженицын", according to Wikipedia 

       Hope this helps.

> R.

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