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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Because I can...
by wallyd376 on Thu 29th Dec 2016 18:18 UTC
wallyd376
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2007-10-26

HTML Code: https://dbaron.org/www/quotes

“This sentence is surrounded by &ldquo and &rdquo , which are a type of quotation marks.”

„This sentence is surrounded by &bdquo and &ldquo, which are a type of quotation marks.“

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RE: Because I can...
by dionicio on Thu 29th Dec 2016 20:47 in reply to "Because I can..."
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Suprised about the simplicity of markup languages to resolve the problem. But this layer SHOULD BE invisible to the multi-linguist typewriter.

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RE: Because I can...
by dionicio on Thu 29th Dec 2016 20:57 in reply to "Because I can..."
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

A function key... When presed togheter with quotation key, a contextual map appears around my typing cursor. So pressing the right key surrounding the quotation key, bring the CHILD quotation I was thinking of.

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RE: Because I can...
by dionicio on Thu 29th Dec 2016 22:01 in reply to "Because I can..."
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Pressing [Shift] twice would enable Shift-Lock -at my FirefoxOS kb. No need of additional keys. We could use [Alt] twice, as ex.

Edited 2016-12-29 22:02 UTC

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