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The original way to denote an umlaut in German was to write a small e on top of the umlauted letter, like in the second row of the image below. Is this form of the umlaut availabe via Unicode? In LaTeX, you can use the package yfonts and then the command \* to get such an umlaut, but I am not sure whether there is a regular codepoint for letters umlauted this way.

Umlaut comparison

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a+ U+0364 COMBINING LATIN SMALL LETTER E = aͤ. Font support is another question. –  Caramdir Jun 7 '11 at 18:59
    
Wow. At least with linux libertine, it works. Thank you! –  FUZxxl Jun 7 '11 at 19:06
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@Caramdir: please add your comment as answer :) –  Philipp Jun 7 '11 at 19:28
    
@Philipp: I didn't because I also voted as off-topic. –  Caramdir Jun 7 '11 at 19:31
    
I'd agree on 'off-topic': as a mod, I'll wait and see what the voting looks like. –  Joseph Wright Jun 7 '11 at 20:06
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