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Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes

From:
Russ Allbery
Date:
September 2, 2000 16:34
Subject:
Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes
Message ID:
yllmxatlkk.fsf@windlord.stanford.edu
Andreas J Koenig <k@ak-72.mind.de> writes:

> This article by Markus Kuhn
>   http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/quotes.html
> 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.

I'd just like to say that I'm personally extremely annoyed by this.  The
practice of using `` as opposite of '' is widespread enough to be used by
Knuth himself in TeX, contrary to this article that implies it was a weird
decision made by the X font set, and I'm still grumbling about this.
Mapping an apostrophe to a vertical line is just *wrong*, almost
unforgiveably so.

> 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.

A lot of it is the output of Pod::Man and Pod::Text, which I wrote
intentionally to generate those sorts of quotes because when using decent
fonts they look better.  I'll change it.  I'm just going to mutter and
grumble about it and make it an option for people who think this change is
as stupid as I think it was.

-- 
Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>



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