[R] [OT] Re: umlauts in Rd files

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
Date: Thu 16 Jun 2005 - 04:30:03 EST

Spencer Graves <spencer.graves <at> pdf.com> writes:
> (This may not be relevant, but Google just gave me 788,000 hits for
> "moebius" and 750,000 for "mobius".) Perhaps one of our German
> contributors could tell us which they prefer.

As you asked for it: The former is correct, and the second is a misspelling. So there is no choice but simply "right" and "wrong".

The only alternative to the full '8-bit' spelling with an Umlaut is the 'transcribed 7-bit' form of replacing the 'two dots over the vowel' with an 'appended e after the vowel'. As in Maechler, or in the From: field above.

The problem is that most of the world simply drops the dots: E.g. the comparison  of 'Wolfgang Hardle' and 'Wolfgang Haerdle' at scholar.google.com shows that the correct form is (barely) leading with a narrow 227 to 220. My PhD dissertation is archived in the French Bibliotheque Nationale under Eddelbuttel as I opted for the correct 8-bit form (using LaTeX) which got of course transcribed into the incorrect Eddelbuttel. Some lessons are learned the hard way ...

Hope this helps, Dirk



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