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Ordering German special characters and those from other languages when sorting

I want to sort strings (text) in a software project of mine. I'm planning to do this in the lexically best way. My set of possible characters consist of the full alphabet (a–z and A–Z) and of the ...
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Dropping ß entirely [closed]

I'm learning German and was wondering if I could completely drop ß (Eszett) and replace it with ss in all instances where ß is used. I know that the Swiss don't use ß. Is this practical? Can this ...
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What are the expectations for German search behavior in software?

I am making a German-language version of my iOS app, and I'm trying to make sure I have a great search experience for German-speakers, but I don't speak any German, so I'm having a hard time figuring ...
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Wie soll man ẞ (das große Eszett) schreiben?

Mittlerweile ist das Eszett auch als Großbuchstabe in der deutschen Sprache offiziell anerkannt. Wie man es tippt, weiß ich (zumindest funktioniert auf meinem Win10-Rechner der Shortcut Umsch+AltGr+ß)....
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Was ist der Zweck des großen Eszetts? [duplicate]

Ich lese gerade den Artikel Das große Eszett ist da!, und trotzdem kann ich nicht verstehen, wozu dieses große Eszett. Meine Frage ist folgende: Gibt es Nomen auf Deutsch, die ich nicht kenne, die mit ...
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ss but not sz for eszett [duplicate]

If I'm not mistaken, ss is an alternative to ß. Why is sz not an alternative? The ß seems to be nothing but an antiqua-like representation of the sz-ligature in Fraktur, and so one should expect the ...
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Kann ß durch das griechische Beta β ersetzt werden?

Ich habe eine Nachricht mit dem Wort genieβen (anstatt genießen) bekommen. Es stört mich irgendwie genau so wie oe anstelle ö; nun weiß ich aber nicht, ob ich intolerant bin und lernen muss, diese ...
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Wieso ist die Bezeichnung »scharfes s« ausgerechnet dort verbreitet, wo es kein stimmhaftes s gibt?

Die Bezeichnung scharfes s für das Eszett orientiert sich anscheinend (und auch hiernach) an dessen Aussprache: ß wird immer stimmlos ausgesprochen, wogegen das normale s sowohl stimmlos als auch ...
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Words where changing “ß” to “ss” changes the meaning, e.g., “Maßen” to “Massen”

In Maßen essen means to to eat in moderation – in Massen essen means to to eat a lot. Are there other words whose meaning totally changes if I substitute ß with ss? If there’s a list of similar word ...
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Use of ss or ß in a surname

In the German surname Voss, can ss be used interchangeably with ß? In Berlin there is a street spelled Voßstraße, which I understand to translate to Voss Street. But I am not sure if someone with this ...
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Deutsche Wörter mit allen deutschen Sonderbuchstaben

Ich suche deutsche Wörter, welche alle der folgenden Buchstaben enthalten: ä, ö, ü, ß. Es geht um primäre oder zusammengesetzte, aber Sinn ergebende Wörter. Das einzige, worauf ich bis jetzt kam, ist ...
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How is the English Miss written in German?

I have a Wittgenstein book whose initial page thanks an English scholar "Miß G.E.M. Anscombe". The text was published in 1960. Is this use of the ß/esszet still a common way of writing Miss (as ...
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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 ß and capital ß (ẞ) on a Windows 8 German keyboard? [duplicate]

I just started learning German through DW online courses. I can not find how to type the ß and capital ß (ẞ) 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 Diphthong? „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?

This question arose just out of curiosity on how the Reform der deutschen Rechtschreibung von 1996 looks like in Ngrams. If one compares dass vs. daß, as expected, at 1996 the plots from Ngram show ...
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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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“küssen” - usage of sharp S (“ß”)

The verb "küssen" is conjugated in second person singular, plural and in the third person with 'ß' du küßt er/sie/es küßt ihr küßt Source Is it incorrect if I use it for the others too? Also,...
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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 “Eszett” 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 Eszett. 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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What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?

I am not a German speaker but I am working on a software program that is used by German speaking users. So here is the question: In a software application that displays and stores data to a DB in "...
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How to write an “ß”?

What is the proper way to write an Eszett 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 native-...
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Wie schreibt man Umlaute und scharfes S auf nichtdeutschen Tastaturen?

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 ...