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Re: Font Question

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 10:05
Quoting Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:

> Hi! > > Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> writes: > > Quoting Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>: > > > > > That one font in particular has a German _es-tzet_ ß that does > resemble a > > > ligature of long and short 's', rather than Greek _beta_. > > > > Reminds me: I was taught back in school that eszett simply is a ligature > of > > long s plus long zed, but various Germans I've met have insisted it's > either a > > lig of long s plus short s, or one of h plus short s. I guess the above > gotta > > suggest it's long s short s? > > h + s?? I doubt that has ever been an option... > > 'Strahse'? Guakh. :-)
I do know a guy who's family name is Grahs ...
> Originally, in Fraktur fonts, int is a long s plus z, thus the name, > as you and Danny noted correctly. > > However, in Latin fonts, it is now a very, very obfuscated glyph > variant of a long s + short s ligature. I saw books written with a > more recognisable long s + short s ligature and I liked it a lot. > Yes, it looks nice.
So, as usual, the answer to a perfectly reasonable binary question is "both". Sigh.
> > In Berlin, the street signs use a version that looks _alot_ like > > long s long zed. > > You mean darker blue ones with white letters and in Fraktur font? > Yes, then it is definitely s + z. :-)
No, these were white with black text, and written in a frakturesque antiqua font. I should have said "some street signs", not "the ...", of course. Andreas