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bug#20385: [PROPOSED PATCH] Support quoting 'like this' in doc strings

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20385: [PROPOSED PATCH] Support quoting 'like this' in doc strings
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:49:31 -0700
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Stefan Monnier wrote:
But yes, `...' is ugly.  It used to be pretty back in the XFree86<4.0
days, when they were symmetric

And before that, some character-based video display terminals displayed `...' nicely. There was good technical justification for this, as the 1965 draft definition of ASCII said 0x27 was the code for an opening single quotation mark. However, standardization headed in a different direction long ago and nowadays `...' is ugly everywhere. For more of the history, please see:

Kuhn M. ASCII and Unicode quotation marks (2007).

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