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Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes

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Russ Allbery
September 2, 2000 23:38
Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes
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Andreas J Koenig <> writes:

> I have inspected the "Final proof for Latin alphabet No. 9" which is
> available online at
> with acrobat
> reader and with ghostview. The U+0027 character there in section 6.2
> definitely is a vertical bar on my screen. Maybe my screen is infected?

I completely agree with you about what Unicode says.  I just think that
what Unicode says is dumb and annoying in this specific department.  I can
think of various things they could have done to maintain compatibility
with the X fonts and the way those characters were used in some places.

I'm sure they had reasons for what they did that were important, and that
they were aware that no choice would make everyone happy.  I'm one of the
people made extremely *unhappy* by the choice that they arrived at.  Oh
well, I guess you can't make a global character encoding without breaking
a few glyphs.

A few things are fairly sacred to me; "TeX is almost always right" is one
of them.  *wry grin*

Ah well... eventually, we'll all use Unicode and can have real quote marks
distinguished from accent marks and prime marks, like TeX has been able to
do for years.  :)

Russ Allbery (             <>

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