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Questions surrounding the letter ß.

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When to use 'ß' and 'ss'?

It was my understanding that 'ß' is a double 's' and can be written with as 'ss', especially for computer applications which don't offer the 'ß' character. However, why are some words with 'ss' not ...
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How to type the capital ß (ẞ) on a Windows 8 German keyboard?

I just started learning German through DW online courses. I can not find how to type the capital ß (ẞ, this one is copied :) ) on the German keyboard of Windows 8.
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Why is »ß« substituted with »ss« rather than »sz«?

The letter ß is called Eszett, literally meaning s z. However, when the letter is not available (or when a word is in all caps), ß is almost always substituted by the digraph ss rather than sz (e.g. ...
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Frequency of the majuscule ß (ẞ) in modern German

I've looked at the question on here that relates to this one, but it doesn't really discuss the use of the majuscule eszett (ẞ). I've never seen it used but how often does the ẞ get used? I know the ...
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Wann ß nach Diphtong? “heiß” aber “Reis”

Wie erklärt sich, dass nach einigen Doppellauten ein ß (heiß, beiß, sch...) steht und nach anderen ein einfaches s (Eis, Mais, Kreis), obwohl es sich ebenso wie ein stimmloses s anhört?
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“Muss” vs. “muß” and “dass” vs. “daß” frequency changes in the XIX Century and in 1945. What do these curves mean?

As displayed in this answer by nixda one can nicely compare how often do certain words appear in "lots of books", in lots of languages. When reading the answer it's plausible to want to do some cross ...
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Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation?

I'm German and residing in France. When I was asked the following question the only word which came into my mind was Gesäß. Which German word contains the most ä, ö, ü, and ß in any variation? Are ...
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Is it an error when I do not use ß when it is necessary?

I'm living in a German-speaking country where ß is not used at all. Therefore, I do not use ß when I write German texts. Now I'm asking myself if this is technically a spelling error? Or is the ß more ...
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Is the eszett (ß) used in last names?

My grandparents last name is Reiss and I was wondering if they lived in Germany would this be spelled with the German ß (szett or sharp s)?
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What typographical rules are applied when creating the “Esszett” in a new font?

When creating a new font we also need to take care of special German characters. As it is fairly easy to create an Umlaut there are several variations on how to create an Esszett. Below there are only ...
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What caused “ss” to gain popularity over “ß” in the 19th century?

From Google Books' Ngram Viewer: Notice that the "hasst" form gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, only to drop again in favor of "haßt" later on. I noticed the same pattern on ...
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How to write an ß?

What is the proper way to write an es tset on paper with a pen? In English we are told to start letters at the top, but the ß only has ends at the bottom, so what is the proper way to draw the letter? ...
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Which letters does the German alphabet consist of?

I mean the “official” or “traditional” alphabet, such as the one taught in schools to children. Is the ordering the same as English? Does it include ‘C’, which I notice never seems to show up in ...
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Wie schreibt man Umlaute und scharfes S auf nichtdeutschen Tastaturen?

Transl: How do you write Umlauts and ß on non-German keyboards? Wie schreibt man Umlaute und ß auf einer US-Tastatur?
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Is there a rule that dictates whether to use the eszett (scharfes S) or double s?

It's clear in the case of compound nouns, double s should be used e.g. Bundesstraße, but with other words I cannot see a pattern. To me it appears to be used somewhat randomly, e.g.: besser ...