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 â€œthis.â€
I’ll stop replacing curly quotes with straight quotes on OSNews the day the tech industry gives me back my Dutch quotation marks (â€žLike soâ€, 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.