In the yfonts package for blackletter fonts, there is an option varumlaut that puts a tiny "e" instead of the two dots on your umlaut ä, ö, ü.

Is there any other font that has these kind of glyphs? (In particular, I am searching for a Garalde typeface).

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    This isn't related to any font. The package uses the command \DeclareTextComposite to substitute the input of \"a to ae. Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 20:01
  • Welcome to TeX.sx! Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 20:06

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These old style umlauts were most common in Fraktur typefaces, so i don’t think that there are any Antiqua fonts with them as stylistic variant.

So i think the best solution for your problem is to define a new generic command \oldumlaut{base letter}{accent letter} to make this glyphs yourself. Here’s a quick and dirty implementation:

\newcommand{\oldumlaut}[2]{\leavevmode\smash{\tabcolsep0pt\tabular[b]{c}\tiny #2\\[-1.6ex]#1\endtabular}}

But this will only work for regular text and lower case letters. Here’s a more advanced solution with graphicx and tipa:


% Fancy implementation:
    % Maybe you should tweak this for your font:

\usepackage{fontspec} % loaded after tipa because of different definition of \sups
\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O} % or your Garalde font


W\oldumlaut{a}{e}rme ſtatt Wärme,\\
F\oldumlaut{o}{e}hn statt Föhn,\\
Gl\oldumlaut{u}{e}ck ſtatt Glück.}




If you want to typeset a longer text with the old umlauts, you probably should define shortcuts like \newcommand{\oae}{\oldumlaut{a}{e}}. Or you could even try to make ä a active character. But this would be a) nasty and b) annother question ;).

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    – egreg
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 16:22
  • That’s clearly a better solution than messing with active characters! I didn’t know your package, so thank you for the hint! Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 19:22
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    The package makes the characters active, but hides the details from the user. You can do even better: define a conditional, for instance \newif\ifoldumlauts, and say \newunicodechar{ü}{\ifoldumlauts\oldumlaut{u}{e}\else ü\fi}; try \oldumlautsfalse ü\oldumlautstrue ü
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 19:26
  • Thanks for your clarification! Of cause the magic has to be done someway :). But for the user, this solution looks much clearer – less TeX, more LaTeX like. And the variant with the conditional is even more user friendly! Especially if one would like to write a package out of this. Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 20:06

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