Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Dec 2016 22:42 UTC
Internet & Networking

The trouble with being a former typesetter is that every day online is a new adventure in torture. Take the shape of quotation marks. These humble symbols are a dagger in my eye when a straight, or typewriter-style, pair appears in the midst of what is often otherwise typographic beauty. It's a small, infuriating difference: "this" versus “this.”

I'll stop replacing curly quotes with straight quotes on OSNews the day the tech industry gives me back my Dutch quotation marks („Like so”, he said) and adds multilingual support to Google Now and Siri and so on (which right now require a full wipe to change languages, making them useless for hundreds of millions of people who live bilingual lives).

Yes, I can be petty.

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RE[2]: Setting an example
by vault on Thu 29th Dec 2016 16:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Setting an example"
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In Poland it's pretty common to see people not using diacritics, especially younger people, or the same kind who don't use punctuation marks. It's seen as lazy and is looked down upon, but no, it's not very hard to read. There are few cases where words may be mistaken for one another, but, based on context that rarely happens.

Historically, back before UTF-8 was prevalent there were two encodings used for Polish. Windows had its cp-1250, *nix systems used iso-8859-2. That caused a lot of problems. For example: on IRC (purists that they are) many Polish channels outright banned Windows encoding. Most Windows users, instead of looking for complicated workarounds, simply dropped Polish accents altogether.

This is still not fully resolved, 'cause now we have three encodings instead of two ;) Want to to download Polish subtitles for that movie or a TV show? Well, which encoding (if any) is supported by your device is pretty much a lottery. Also, when I played World of Warcraft around five years ago it did not allow me to type Polish letters in chat in any way. I think AltGr+a combination (ą) used to delete the whole line...

That said, modern smartphones pretty much force people to write accented letters by means of autocorrection. I wouldn't worry about them disappearing.

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