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.
Tensions are very high in the world.
There is a high risk of yet another war.
Possibly a big one.
But yes … let’s quibble over quotation marks …
Edited 2016-12-28 22:56 UTC
Here’s how Thunderbird’s built-in RSS reader rendered that:
Also, while curly quotes would definitely be nice, it’s common practice to curse CMSes like WordPress for mangling code snippets by introducing them (or em-dashes) because, somewhere along the way, communication broke down about whether or not they were desired.