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Re: LYNX-DEV U201e and U201c

From: Hynek Med
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV U201e and U201c
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 1997 13:03:43 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 17 Mar 1997, Klaus Weide wrote:

> For example, in German the low double quotation mark is used at the
> beginning of quotes.  But a German reader will recognize [,,] on a text
> screen as just two commas, whereas ["] is immedately recognized as a
> quotation mark (not in the same position or appearance as in print, but
> that comes with the medium "text screen" and is not unexpected.)  The
> same goes, to a lesser extent, for the other double-character
> replacements, and for the single comma. 
> And I think it is easier to read about "Fierlingerismus" than it is to
> read about ,,Fierlingerismus``.  Agreed? 

Well, to tell the truth, it makes almost no differnce to me, do it as you
feel it. When I see a short quote like ,,something'' or ,something' I
don't feel it like a comma, but like a beginning of the quote. When I see
"something", I feel it like quote the same. 

> [Note that the example also uses the "wrong" closing quote character.]

Windows/Word/converting program they used is to blame. :-(


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