Brian Barker wrote:
At 00:56 13/03/2012 -0400, Doug McGarrett wrote:
The "absolutely" correct spelling of the word naïve has the two dots,
known in English as a dieresis, or in German as an Umlaut, indicating
a change in sound, rather than a diphthong.
For what it's worth, the German for "diaeresis" appears to be "Trema".
The umlaut looks the same, but it's a different mark: it is an accent,
whereas the diaeresis is (as you describe) also a diacritic but not an
For those who are interested, it's possible to generate the various
special characters by using the U.S. International keyboard. With it,
you can use the right Alt key to create those characters, such as ü, á,
, £, € etc. The left Alt key works as usual.