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This article is from the Puerto Rico FAQ, by Zeydy Ortiz Laureano zortizl@eos.ncsu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

soc.culture.puerto-rico: Why don't you use diacritical marks (accent marks, tildes, dieresis) in soc.culture.puerto-rico?

Not all terminal support the Extended Character Set needed to display
the special characters (e.g., vowels with accent marks). Some terminals
will simply not display the character or replace it with another making
your message very difficult to understand. For example, if I were to
write "Hernandez" using an 'a' with an accent mark, some terminals might
show this as "Hernndez" or as "Hern@ndez". To work around this
situation, some people have adopted the following strategies:

- Accent marks:

* Place the mark after the letter (Mari'a, Jose').
* Use upper case (MarIa and JosE).
* Don't use an accent mark.

- Tildes:

* Place a tilde (~) before or after the n (puertorrique~nos).
* Place a circumflex (^) before the n (puertorrique^nos).
* Use "ny" instead (puertorriquenyos).
* Use "nn" instead (puertorriquennos).
* Use "nh" instead (puertorriquenhos).
* Use upper case n (puertorriqueNos).
* Don't use a tilde (usually not recommended)

- Dieresis:

* Place a colon after the letter (Mayagu:ez).
* Place a double quote after the letter (Mayagu"ez).
* Don't use a dieresis.

Your posting will be more readable if you use characters that can be
displayed at every terminal type. If you can see the characters
correctly in your terminal, it does not mean that everyone will be able
to see them as well. Those who wish to read an article that includes
special characters, refer to the document by Jorge Donato available at
< ftp://vision.ee.tulane.edu/pub/donato/ >. Also, a filter to
to eliminate the special characters (for Unix systems) can be found at
< ftp://vision.ee.tulane.edu/pub/donato/ >.

Contributions: Mauricio A. Hernandez <mauricio@cs.columbia.edu> and
Jorge Donato<donato@burgundy.ee.tulane.edu>

 

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