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

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: [TIP] Get rid of the `foo' eyesore
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 17:17:04 +0200

Edward Dodge <address@hidden> writes:

> That horrible abuse of single-quotation marks seems to be a hold-over
> of TeX.  Essentially,  it's TeX's way of printing "smartquotes,"
> where ` is the 6-shaped quote-mark and ' prints as the 9-shaped one.

This is just a consequence of the traditional ASCII representation of
TeX input.  Twenty years ago, "`" probably showed up as a left
quotation mark on people's terminals (Computer Modern Typewriter
reflects this).

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