The Disappearing Polish Ś

If you're like me and find the meeting of software design, European history, and diacritical marks to be an interesting collision of topics, then this article on the disappearing Polish Ś should be a good read.

“I just started an article in Polish. I can type in every letter, except Ś. When I press the key for Ś, the letter just doesn’t appear. It only happens on Medium.”

This was odd. We don’t really special-case any language in any way, and even if we did… out of 32 Polish characters, why would this random one be the only one causing problems?

Turns out, it wasn’t so random. This is a story of how four incidental ingredients spanning decades (if not centuries) came together to cause the most curious of bugs, and how we fixed it.

via Medium - The curious case of the disappearing Polish S