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The German sharp S

When Wed 12 Sep 1430
Where AP Hogeschool
What Track 1
Who Bruno Maag, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer
Opinions can differ greatly among type designers and typographers when it comes to decisions about letter shapes. One of the most contested letters in that respect is the German sharp S, even more so its cap variant, especially among native speakers of German. Recent publications such as Hermann Schmidt Verlag’s ‘niße’ book, the addition of the cap sharp S to Unicode, and most recently to official German orthography, show that there is ample need for discussion. In this double presentation, an opinionated Swiss and an opinionated Austrian will discuss this letter, possible and not so possible shapes, good and bad design decisions, and will attempt, but will probably fail, at settling these questions once and for all.

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