Setting Signs for Europe

Setting Signs for Europe

Why Diacritics Matter for European Integration

Bernd Kappenberg, Peter Schlobinski


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This book examines the use of diacritical marks in Western Europe, particularly the use of Slavic names in electronic data processing systems and the role of the media as a multiplier, with error examples taken from actual media coverage. Considering international, EU, and national law and referencing groundbreaking court decisions, this book answers the question, "Is there a right to preserve diacritical marks in one's name?" and suggests effective approaches for raising awareness among software vendors, the media, government agencies, and individuals regarding the correct handling of diacritics. It also assesses the use of diacritics as a style element and offers an improved input method for diacritics.