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A thorn is a letter that was used in Old and Middle English, and is still used in Icelandic. It usually represents the "th" sound. In DP projects, it usually looks like:
The loop of the capital thorn is normally larger, and the stem may not drop down as far below the line as the lower case. The capital and lower case thorns, Þ and þ, are available in Latin-1 (the character set used at DP), so we can use these symbols directly when proofreading. You can insert them using the "+" drop-down menu at the bottom of the Proofreading Interface.
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.