Good Speling07 Aug 2004
German grammar makes for strange bedfellows. The news publishers Axel Springer (Bild) and Spiegel, which normally don't agree on anything, have jointly announced that that they will abandon the German spelling reform, joining the FAZ newspaper as major media using the old (classic?) German spelling rules. Reformed spelling has been taught in schools since 1998, and was to become mandatory in 2005, although I'm not really sure how a government can mandate proper spelling. Wouldn't it be better for spelling to be outsourced to experts like Duden?
As for German blogs, as a non-native speaker I don't really care about spelling, but I do find lack of capitalization somewhat hard to read.