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BeOS & Derivatives BeOS may be dead, but over a decade after its lamentable demise the open source Haiku project keeps its legacy alive. Haiku is an attempt to build a drop-in, binary compatible replacement for BeOS, as well as extending the defunct OS's functionality and support for modern hardware. At least, that's the short-term goal - eventually, Haiku is intended significantly enhance BeOS while maintaining the same philosophy of simplicity and transparency, and without being weighed down with the legacy code of many other contemporary operating systems. Computerworld Australia recently caught up with Stephan Assmus, who has been a key contributor to the project for seven years for a lengthy chat about BeOS, the current state of Haiku and the project's future plans.
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smashIt
Member since:
2005-07-06

Ringel-s may also be written as a double-s (I speak German, you know ;) ).


actually it's sz, but everyone uses ss (including me)
nonetheless it's a useless character and should have been abolished many decades ago...

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

actually it's sz, but everyone uses ss (including me)
nonetheless it's a useless character and should have been abolished many decades ago...


Unless you happen to live in Switzerland...

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orsg Member since:
2011-02-09

it's pronounciation differs dramatically from what you would expect from ss, namely it's the complete opposite (long instead of short).
If you want to get rid of it, please don't try to make things more wrong.

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

nonetheless it's a useless character and should have been abolished many decades ago...


Disagree here; those special characters shape a language. I'm a native Spanish speaker and 'á', 'ñ', '¿' or 'ü' are part of its history and personality. Currently a lot of people write without using tildes, and, though their texts are perfectly understandable, their texts show their poor level of language handling too.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Disagree here; those special characters shape a language.


Especially compount words in the german language profit from ligatures like the Eszett. (Yes, it's not a letter, it's a ligature consisting of two lowercase s, precisely long-s plus round-s, forming a unit that's not hyphenated, dissolving to SS when capitalized, and has nothing to do with "vowel length").

Example: Meßstrecke vs. Messstrecke (measuring track)

Just count the consonants!

It also improves reading:

Bambuseßstäbchen vs. Bambussessstäbchen (today's common "short vowel" nonsense spelling error included) (bamboo chopstick)

The Eszett is a typographical aspect of the language that helps to differentiate words. In Switzerland, those two are only distinguishable from context, not from written representation:

Buße (penalty fee) vs. Busse (buses)
Maße (measures) vs. Masse (mass)

If Eszett cannot be typed, it's common to replace it by ss (which is a valid and common replacement). If it's neccessary to "preserve" the Eszett (e. g. to write a name of a person), instead of ss also sz may be used (because it appears "validly" only in easily recognizable exceptions, so you can be sure sz means Eszett). This concept is nearly exclusively used in teletype and data transmission via basic ASCII.

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