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Fraktur is a particular kind of blackletter font, used principally for German, but occasionally for Scandinavian languages. Modern readers often find it difficult to read. The alphabet is:
There are two different forms of the lower case letter 's'. The 'normal' (or 'round') s is used at the end of a syllable, the 'long s' (ſ) elsewhere. The two forms both get proofread as plain 's'.
If you have difficulty identifying letters in fraktur, there is a fraktur tool similar to the Greek Transliterator but using the fraktur alphabet.
Distributed Proofreaders was founded in 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is now the main source of PG e-books. In 2002, Distributed Proofreaders became an official PG site. In May 2006, Distributed Proofreaders became a separate legal entity and continues to maintain a strong relationship with PG.