Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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Funny Quotes in Word
by drstorm on Tue 27th Oct 2009 01:07 UTC
drstorm
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2009-04-24

My native language is Serbian, and we use the same kind of „quotes” as the Dutch. The truth is most people don't really care about the matter so the English style quotes go unnoticed in most cases.

Still, most formal documents use traditional quotes. I have written a number of such documents in Word myself and I must say, I had no trouble at all. Word automatically replaced the left high quote with the low one every time. The trick was to set the document language to Serbian.

If it does not work for Dutch, it's probably some kind of misunderstanding of the Dutch orthography on Microsoft's part...

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