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Re: [groff] [patch] modernize -T ascii rendering of opening single quote

From: Doug McIlroy
Subject: Re: [groff] [patch] modernize -T ascii rendering of opening single quote
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:01:26 -0500
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> people aren't aware that their manpage formatter is
> catering to a particular font style that is no longer in 
> common use. They just see that man(1) outputs "weird quotes."

As man pages are now, one will see weird quotes regardless
of how \(oq is rendered.

I checked /usr/share/man1/[a-c]* in Fedora Linux--about a 10%
sample of man1. Only 2 out of 328 pages contained \(oq or \[oq].
By contrast, 80 pages contained ` (0x60) used as a left quote, 
usually paired with ' (0x27) but (surprisingly) sometimes with \(aq.

Although it might help to render \(oq as ' on man pages,
it would be wrong to render 0x60 that way, lest examples
in which the distinction matters be mutilated.


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