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Re: [O] Nested smart quotes

From: Colin Baxter
Subject: Re: [O] Nested smart quotes
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:41:06 +0100
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>>>>> Nick Dokos <address@hidden> writes:

    > Martin Alsinet <address@hidden> writes:
    >> ...  I have found that the smart-quotes option of org-mode does
    >> not export properly the quotes when they are nested (single
    >> quotes inside double quotes), but only when they coincide at the
    >> start or the end of the quote.
    >> Maybe the problem will be clearer with an example:
    >> #+TITLE: Smart quotes example #+OPTIONS: toc:nil ':t #+LANGUAGE:
    >> en #+LATEX_CLASS: book She said to me: "Rick screamed, 'let's go
    >> together'"

    > This example has the additional problem of the apostrophe in
    > "let's", which basically causes more mayhem. Let's simplify the
    > example a bit by considering

    > Going back to the original string with the apostrophe, I don't see
    > any way that org or TeX can deal with it except by really
    > understanding what is being said: having the apostrophe be denoted
    > by the same symbol as the closing quote is bound to introduce
    > ambiguities. In these days of Unicode, I think the only solution
    > is to use xelatex or another Unicode-cognizant TeX system and to
    > use a proper apostrophe.

    > -- Nick

TeX/LaTeX were after all designed primarily for mathematics. That said,
it might be worth looking at the upquote package:


Colin Baxter
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