About the so-called German orthography reform
http://www.janhenrikholst.de/indey31.htm (in English)
If you read German, see especially the pie chart in the paragraph ''Der Rechtschreibreform fehlt weiterhin die gesellschaftliche Akzeptanz'' on http://www.vrs-ev.de/.
Here, see how the reformers deceive the population on the ''reduced number of rules'': http://www.vrs-ev.de/regelwerkvergleich.php
See what Günther Drosdowski tells about the reformers in a letter to Theodor Ickler: http://www.vrs-ev.de/forum/themaschau.p%20...%20wski+brief
Additional interesting links:
For more information, here some passages form other posts:
The http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heysesche_s-Schreibung/ was ditched over hundred years ago because it has proven inferiour to http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelungsche_s-Schreibung/, which is used by classical orthography. But Heyse was roughly reintroduced with the 1996 reform.
The new s/ss/ß rule is the cause of lots of mistakes by 'overgeneralisation'' of the new rule, especially by people who started school with the so-called ''new orthography'', which is not even new, see below. It's also called the ''logical trap''. I don't see where the logic is in the reform.
This overgeneralisation results in much more words with double-s at the end, even if the word only requires just a single s. This kind of mistakes were very seldom before the reform.