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Re: Why backquotes in GNU documentation?


From: Richard Kettlewell
Subject: Re: Why backquotes in GNU documentation?
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:10:26 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

Dave <address@hidden> writes:

> Now, I was wondering what could be the reason behind this convention.
> Why not use just straight quotes also in front of the quoted word? For
> example:
>
>       Using 'htonl' is necessary so that
>
> or:
>
>       Using "htonl" is necessary so that

Some fonts have the apostrophe represented by, approximately speaking,
the mirror image of the grave accent.  In that case `htonl' looks like
it has balanced quotes.

These days ‘single’ and “double” quotes are available in Unicode.

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