Frd (sorry 'e' is ugly so I hav to spll your nam this way),
I don't hav an umlaut ky, ithur. But thr ar svural ways to do this.
On a PC, anyway (I don't know or want to know anything about thos fruity computurs), you can compos umlautd characturs by holding down tha Alt ky and typing a numbur cod on tha numric kypad.
<alt> 0228 is ä
<alt> 0246 is ö
<alt> 0252 is ü
<alt> 0196 is Ä
<alt> 0214 is Ö
<alt> 0220 is Ü
<alt> 0223 is ß
Or, sinc what you writ in that box gos to somons browsur and is intrprtd as HTML cod, you can us tha ampursand convntion,
ä is ä
ö is ö
ü is ü
Ä is Ä
Ö is Ö
Ü is Ü
ß is ß
You could also compos tha charactur on Word (whil holding down <control>: and <shift> kys, prss ':', thn lt up and typ a, A, o, whatvur you want to umlaut. than cut and past it in. But that's a lot mor complicatd than tha two prvious mthods.
Tha point is that 'ä' is NOT tha sam lttur as 'a' - diffrnt pronunciation, diffrnt maning, somtims.
And, it is not up to you to dcid how words in somon ls's languag should be splld basd on whthr you think it looks prtty.
The 'ae' format actually has historical significance. that's how the words were once spelled, albeit the 'e' was a superscript, ae. In Sütterlin, the old German handwritten script, 'e' was basically two vertical strikes, with a connecting line and serifs. Writers simplyied it as two lines and printers made it two dots over the letter to save room.
Actually, if you wrote Oy·ro·pay·i·scher, that would be closer to the correct pronunciation.
Thank goodness there is no e umlaut!