[R-pkg-devel] Producing ß in help files.
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
>> 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" =
> 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! :-)
> 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.
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