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Is it acceptable/regular to use diacritics (macron) in written texts?

I'm building the brand for a web development company, and I'm using Latin for the name and slogan. However, as I am not familiar with the language, I would like some help clarifying meanings to avoid ...
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Qua ratione in hoc libro Henrici Allen notæ diacriticæ ponuntur?

This wonderful book, Doctrina Copularum Linguæ Latinæ Sive De Vi Atque Usu Elegantiori Particularum AC, ATQUE, ET, -QUE Deque Earum Formulis, Commentarius by Henry Ellis Allen, A.B., published in 1830,...
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About scribal abbreviations and diacritics in digitalized book titles

In the Wiktionary entry about philematology, there is a reference to this book. The title is copied (AFAIK, but I can't load the picture in the previous link so…) as in the cover, that is: [Jacobus ...
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Use of circumflex in Latin: Is there a difference between “hora” and “horâ”?

For example, is there a semantic difference between the two following sentences? Lapis descendit ab A ad B unâ horâ. vs. Lapis descendit ab A ad B una hora. This site, e.g., says The ...
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Interpretation of circumflex in a poem from 1621

A poem from 1621 contains one ô and one â. The ô is the interjection ô and the â is in the relative pronoun quâ. No circumflexes are used elsewhere in the poem. Does the circumflex (or caret or ...
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What is the pronunciation of O with macron and breve?

I found an Indo-European root, nō̆-men-, in the free dictionary. I know both macron and breve mean the length of vowels. And the Latin word, nōmen, has a long ō. However, how should I pronounce the ...
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How do I know where to place macrons?

How do I use macrons? I understand what they do and how they do it, I just don't understand how you know when and where to place them.
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When were macrons first used to mark Latin text?

A macron is a diacritical mark, which, in modern Latin texts, is sometimes used to mark a long vowel: ā, ē, ī, ō, ū, ȳ. From Roman uses of diacritical marks, I understand that the ancient Romans did ...
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Roman uses of diacritical marks

In what circumstances did Romans use diacritical marks, like macrons, in their writing? In particular how common was it to use diacritics in naming letters?