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Jarkko Hietaniemi
September 3, 2000 16:01
Re: [ID 20000902.012] backticks as smart quotes
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On Sun, Sep 03, 2000 at 02:39:53PM -0600, Tom Christiansen wrote:
> >> >    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 

If this were USENET by Godwin's Extended Law I would declare this
discussion now officially void, null, empty, pointless, and closed.

> 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.
> --tom

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