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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Programming not the internet.
by theTSF on Thu 29th Dec 2016 20:21 UTC
theTSF
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I think the real killer is good old Ascii and what our keyboards map 1 to 1. When developing and copying and pasting code those directional quotes really get in the way. Also as Ascii is far more standardized than many of the fonts so things change around.
If keyboard linked to the different Ascii quote direction then we would probably use them more. It would probably save a lot of problems in programming strings as nesting quotes will be far more parsable.

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