The macron is used to represent a long vowel to help distinguish between words which would otherwise appear indistinguishable ('''īs''' vs '''is'''). The acute accent is often used in the same manner, but for consistency the macron should be used
== Typing ==
''(For further and more detailed information, see [[Help:On Englisce Ƿrītan]])''
As with anything else, in order to type in Old English, you will need the proper tools to fit the job.
# A software-based keyboard can be downloaded [http://megse.unm.edu/research/internal/keyboards.html here]. The provided link also includes instructions on how to type the extra characters, installation, and switching between keyboards. Alternatively, you can create your own software-based custom keyboard layout with a program such as [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/goglobal/bb964665.aspx Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator]. This allows you to organize the extra characters according to what feels natural to you.
# An alternative is to use the Icelandic keyboard layout, although this will not cover the full range of characters you will need.
# If you
# You can use ALT codes. A table of numeric values for Windows-based systems is provided on [[Help:On Englisce Ƿrītan]], and on Macintosh, the custom Anglo-Saxon layout (which is based on '''US International''') is shown [http://groups.google.com/group/eald-englisc/web/rtende-englisc-on-num-mac here].
# You can create Autocorrect values for typing in Microsoft Word.
Useful resources relating to modern terminology can be found on the [[NWT|Neologism proposal page]] as well as the [[Hu secge ic|"How do I say_?"]] page. The first relates directly to tackling the issues mentioned in this section, and the second deals with using the best existing terminology, reapplied to the modern world. You will find both to be very helpful.
Finally, you need to remember that it is of utmost importance that you are ''understood'' by other people when they encounter your term for the first time.
== Spelling ==