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Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes

Jarkko Hietaniemi
September 2, 2000 07:39
Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes
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On Sat, Sep 02, 2000 at 06:44:22AM -0600, Tom Christiansen wrote:
> >This is a bug report for perl from,
> >generated with the help of perlbug 1.32 running under perl v5.7.0.
> >-----------------------------------------------------------------
> >[Please enter your report here]
> >This article by Markus Kuhn
> >
> >points out that it is considered bad practice to use the backtick
> >as a left quote and that UNIX people should get rid of it.
> >Since I have XFree 4.0.1 with the now corrected fonts installed I
> >start to wish that perl would follow suite and change these bad quotes
> >to single ticks. A quick check reveals that 2949 lines in 391 files
> >need to be inspected semi-manually for this to happen.
> >Any opinions if/not/how to proceed?
> It's not very encouraging that political correctness will now
> force things to look uglier for many of us.

It's all very nice to call something one doesn't like "political
correctness".  But FWIW the `Yankee quoting' looks absolutely ugly
for "many of us".  I guess it's one of those things where there is
no clearly better alternative, but instead each one likes what one
has been raised with.

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