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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Comment by BeamishBoy
by BeamishBoy on Thu 29th Dec 2016 20:49 UTC
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2010-10-27

Even worse than the demise of curly quotes is when quotes - of either kind - are used incorrectly. I've lost count of the number of occasions when books, newspapers or online pieces use a quotation mark to denote the start of a quote only to then forget to close the damn thing with another quotation mark.

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by leech on Fri 30th Dec 2016 06:16 in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
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2006-01-10

Even worse than the demise of curly quotes is when quotes - of either kind - are used incorrectly. I've lost count of the number of occasions when books, newspapers or online pieces use a quotation mark to denote the start of a quote only to then forget to close the damn thing with another quotation mark.


Ha, this reminds me that I have just started reading the Thomas Covenant Chronicles, and it uses the older style where it'll have paragraph breaks, but won't do end quotes where the same person is speaking. "For example, I'm talking as a different person here.

But what I am say as a different person on different subjects still shouldn't waste an extra quote, if I'm still typing as that person."

Also, I'm not sure if it's the reader I'm using or not, but it's formatted so that paragraph breaks are double spaced instead of indented. Guess it may just be a matter of my settings.

Anyhow back to reading the book, at least it's not using curly quotes, it just happens to have a weird font I set.

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