What applies to Gödel,1 may also apply to two Schrödinger tags: and . The third one, , being "right" already. So, whatever you may think of the umlaut, as it is now, it is being "translated" inconsistently.

This would be a good use case for a tag synonym. Should we standardize on oe or o? It probably should be the former, of course, but we could run into an issue with tag length. (I think not.)

Perhaps, after a while, a mod may make a tag synonym and merge the tags into the properly spelled ones.

1 Ignore the comments over there.

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    $\begingroup$ We need a (1/sqrt(2))(|Schroedinger> + |Schrödinger>) tag $\endgroup$
    – twistor59
    Jun 3, 2013 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ Is the umlaut simply not recognized on SE tags? Then it's probably the same for a whole lot of accents: poincare-symmetry, reissner-nordstrom-metric. $\endgroup$
    – fffred
    Jun 3, 2013 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @fffred You're not suggesting this, but I'm not asking for the umlaut (which, even if possible, might create problems for autocomplete and some users). I'm (secondarily) asking for oe instead of o, which is the standard for German (and Austrian) names (even when used by English-writing folk, I'm quite sure) when ö is not available or not desired. I do not know how the Finns deal with their ö. (And my primary concern is consistency among the Schrödinger-tags.) $\endgroup$
    – Řídící
    Jun 3, 2013 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ Unicode in tags is something that can be enabled for sites like Japanese Language, etc. It's better left alone sincr tag-autocompletion would get icky. (of course, a bunch of synonyms would nullify that) Also we need to demonstrate that there is a need (one or two transliterable tag names doesn't count). As far as Schr(o[e?]|ö)dinger goes, I've almost always seen the ö replaced with an o. I have seen ö quite a few times, and oe very rarely. Could br a language thing; being an English site it would be better to keep the English transliteration as standard if we can't use ö. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2013 at 3:03
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    $\begingroup$ As an English-writing folk, I agree with Manishearth. I'm only vaguely aware of ö → oe, which I suppose gets the pronunciation across better but still looks off. Though I just checked and my American English spellchecker recommends "Schrodinger" be changed to either (1) "Schrödinger" or (2) "Schroedinger," where the ordering is probably determined solely by similarity to what I typed. BTW, suggestion (10) is "Schmo dingier," which I suggest be used in the event no other consensus can be reached :P $\endgroup$
    – user10851
    Jun 4, 2013 at 3:28

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Let's standardize with oe. Vote up if you agree.

  • $\begingroup$ +1 "[I]n limited character sets such as ASCII, O-umlaut [not to be confused with O-diaeresis] is frequently replaced with the digraph "oe". (See Wikipedia.) "Any individual change from "Schrodinger" to "Schroedinger" will be an improvement[.]" (See Wikipedia Talk.) $\endgroup$
    – Řídící
    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:09
  • $\begingroup$ "Vote up if you agree" Metas already work like that. By giving a higher preference to Vote-up, I have a thought that you're expecting me vote up all the answers :D $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2013 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ As a language student I can't but support this choice. :P $\endgroup$
    – Alenanno
    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:00

We should push to have ö enabled in tags so that we can standardize with that. Vote up if you agree.

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    $\begingroup$ This may not sit well with those whose keyboards don't have umlauts, unless the tag recognition software can consistently and reliably turn Schrodinger into Schrödinger. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2013 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ (I notice that not even schrödinger works!) $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2013 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ No! We shouldn't have to go to WP to copy paste those weird symbols. $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2013 at 6:01

Let's standardize with o. Vote up if you agree.

  • $\begingroup$ What? -4? Why do people want oe? $\endgroup$ Jun 28, 2013 at 10:07
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    $\begingroup$ Because that is the standard way of spelling German ö when you don't have a typewriter with umlauts. In other words, this is the correct way to do it for the German language and Schroedinger (Schrödinger) is a German name. Would you spell Göthe "Gothe". Would you spell Schönberg "Schonberg". $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2013 at 16:50

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