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Re: GSoC 2020: Shape-note notehead encoding

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: GSoC 2020: Shape-note notehead encoding
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 07:21:41 +0200 (CEST)

> Heartland Hymns, 2005 (PDF attached. Yes, Fraktur in 2005. The
> German-speaking Mennonite communities were in the USA since 1710 or
> so and didn't get the memo that Antiqua has won. The remaining
> German speakers are stuck HARD on Fraktur.)
> <>

And they do it correctly!  Both in Austria and Germany most people no
longer know when to use the long s ('ſ') if typing stuff in Fraktur to
give something an old-fashioned look.  Ditto for 'Zwangsligaturen'
(i.e., required ligatures that must always be present: 'ch', 'ck',
'st', 'tz').

Irrespective of that, using Fraktur for German hymn books has a
significant advantage: Much less horizontal space is needed for text
due to the slim letters.


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