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Re: [Groff] Getting properly rendered single quotes in groff

From: Stuart Brady
Subject: Re: [Groff] Getting properly rendered single quotes in groff
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 19:26:19 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Hi Ralph,

> Historically, CSTR 54, page 7, shows that \` is equivalent to \(ga and
> gives a grave accent, as distinct from ` which just gives plain `.

Where plain ` at one point was an opening quote mark, I assume...

What worries me is cases such as command substitution, e.g. ls -l `find
-type f -name *foo*` -- the main concern being that if a user copies an
example, then it should simply work.  Currently, on UTF-8 locales, groff
renders ` as an opening quote mark, but the user's shell will complain
if they use that.  It's easy enough to update man pages to use \`, but
it seems to me that old man pages were correct to use plain `.
Stuart Brady

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