Ø Ø/LETTER O WITH STROKE)/ ø (
In Modern Literal Taiwanese, this letter may be used for the sound written in TMSS as an o with a backslash. For example, hør (good), øar (oyster), ørgiøo (jelly fig), and Ørciw (Australia) are all written with ø. To reduce the need for ø, "øe" may be substituted with "oe".
- ø (Unicode U+00F8, HTML: ø, or ø) and Ø (U+00D8, Ø Ø)
- In MS Word and EmEditor, the ø can be typed with the following keystroke: ^/o (Ctrl+Slash+o). This means hold Ctrl press Slash, release, then press o.
- In Mozilla Firefox with the abcTajpu plugin, one can input this by typing o, /, then Insert.
- On Microsoft Windows
- Alt-0248: hold Alt and press 0248 on the keypad
- using the "United States-International" keyboard setting, it can be typed by holding down the "Alt-Gr" (right Alt) key and pressing "L".
- It can be input on Mac by holding the "Option" key while pressing o (or O).
One disadvantage to using ø is that it is not included in the ASCII seven-bit character set. However, it is in the ISO 8859-1 eight-bit character set as hex number F8. In Unicode it is also F8 but in UTF-8, it is encoded as hex C3B8.
Ø is also not within the big5 code table. However, the Greek letters are encoded in big5 (range 0xA344 to 0xA373); a Greek letter could be used instead.
History in Written Taiwanese
The "Ø" (minuscule: "ø") is a vowel and a letter used in the Danish, Faeroese and Norwegian languages.
Ø is a piece of land in the valley of the Nørreå in the eastern part of Jutland, Denmark. Its name means island (ø in Danish language; tøfsu in Taigie) and probably comes from the island-like approach to this piece of land, although it is completely landlocked and surrounded by meadows.
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