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Tom Christiansen
September 3, 2000 13:40
Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes
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>> >    Unicode 2.1 explicitly says that U+2019 is the preferred
>> >    punctuation apostrophe
>> And on that day when Perl and all the rest of my standard tools
>> begin to emit and process nothing but Unicode, on *that* day should
>> we heed this.  Clearly, we're not there yet.

>Yea, verily that is the way for a speedy transition to Unicode :-(
>Nay, I'm not proposing to change the quotes in pod output, that would
>be much premature.  But such an attitude virtually guarantees we will
>all be using ASCII for many years to come.

I cannot use a "vertical prime" to represent an apostrophe.
It looks embarrassingly nasty.  Contractions and possessives
want a "raised comma", not a straight up and down mark.

Since I'm writing in ASCII, I use the standard character
for the same.  It's insane that the Unicode nazis have 
defined away an ASCII apostrophe.  I've got one, and I'm 
going to use it.  I'm certainly not going to be emitting
U+2019 when I've virtually nothing that can cope with it.


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