At 13:39 -0400 2005-08-23, Peter T. Daniels wrote:

> > > > Yes, and lots of lexicographers, informed by good
>> >> typography and tradition, prefer façade, naïve,
>> >> résumé to facade. Do what thou wilt.
>> >
>> >Lexicographers do not _prefer_. They _report_.
>> Perhaps you've never edited a dictionary. Like
>Only the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary (Manuscript Editor, 1976-84).
>The heading includes every attested spelling; the lemma is a
>normalization based on current understanding of Semitic philology.

Grand so. My mistake for not knowing that you'd
done that. Certainly you do know that
lexicographers have to choose, and can't just
report, then. ;-)

> > façade (also facade)
> > résumé (also resumé)
> >
> > The Concise Oxford was inconsistent with the
> > other word, interestingly, with two headwords:
> >
> > naïf
> > naive (also naïve)
>The Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate, which is generally taken as the
>American standard, has:
>facade also façade
>résumé or resume or resumé
>naïf or naif
>naive or naïve
>role also rôle

Rather a lot of variation in both traditions then.

Thus I prefer to stick with the typesetter's
notion of "good typography". Err on the side of
generosity with diacritics. They look cool, and
they're not less correct.

As far as I'm concerned, facade rhymes with
cascade, and façade is the front of a building.
Michael Everson *