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Re: [TIP] Get rid of the `foo' eyesore


From: Kai Großjohann
Subject: Re: [TIP] Get rid of the `foo' eyesore
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 21:45:38 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Jesper Harder <address@hidden> writes:

> There's an entrenched habit in Emacs and Info of abusing ` (grave
> accent) and ' (apostrophe) as left and right single quotation marks.
>
> They aren't, and it looks horrible.
>
> Some old broken X fonts do have the "wrong" glyphs in those positions
> -- that's probably how the habit started.

It is completely unclear to me why the old fonts are considered to be
broken, rathern than the new ones.  Just because a bunch of people
now think it's really hip to use other glyphs?  Weird.

Ascii existed before Unicode, and during that time I'm sure that
people used `old-style' quoting like this.  So why did Unicode break
that?  There are so many new characters to choose from for the
accents and for the apostrophe!

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