[B-Greek] writing upsilon phonetically

John McChesney-Young panis at pacbell.net
Sun Apr 10 15:58:36 EDT 2005

"R Yochanan Bitan Buth <ybitan at mscc.huji.ac.il> wrote:
>>>  I see a problem with some recent emails I sent....
>>>  So how does one type a "u with umlaut" for b-greek?

And at 1:36 PM -0400 4/10/05, George F Somsel wrote:

>>I don't know the procedure for MACies out there, but in Windows you hold
>>down the <ALT> key and enter the number "252" on the numeric keypad --
>>thusly ¸.

And at 1:40 PM -0400 4/10/05, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>Well, that came up a blank on my Mac screen. Mac-users use option-u+u to
>yield ü.

And on my Mac screen using Eudora Pro 6.0.1 the 
PC Alt-252 produces what I took at first to be a 
small comma but now suspect is an unattached 
cedilla. Herein lies yet another illustration of 
what happens when one tries to use anything but 
lower ASCII [[1]] in e-mails.

To return to the question at hand, one 
long-standing convention for the representation 
of a dieresis/umlaut is that of Betacode, also 
used by the BMCR:


of following the vowel with a plus sign. A 
slightly more intuitive way is to follow it with 
a double-quote; e.g., Scho"pfung.


[[1]] See e.g. the top table at: 
essentially it's the symbols you can see on the 
keys of a standard keyboard.

*** John McChesney-Young  ** 
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