Re: Curly Quotes and HTML

Walter Ian Kaye (
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 22:49:03 -0800

Message-Id: <v0300781aaeee67c0f6f1@[]>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 22:49:03 -0800
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: Re: Curly Quotes and HTML

At 2:53p +0000 12/30/96, Andre Mas wrote:
>I have hust written a document on my Mac that uses curly quotes in
>places. When viewed on anything but a Macintosh, I notice that they
>don't appear right.  I have been unable to find anything in the ISO
>ISO 8879 list.  What should I do if I want these curly quotes. Am
>I supposed to use plain quotes and leave it up to the browser to do
>the necessary work?

Well, browsers don't generally convert straight quotes to curly ones, but
my first question is "Do you really need them curly?".

I think I'll chart my mind here:
 Situation                          | Use META w/ | ASCII/  |         |
                                    | x-mac-roman | Latin-1 | Unicode |
 Content is Mac-specific, and of no |             |         |         |
 use to any other platform......... |     *       |    *    | future! |
 Content is useful to all, but      |             | Convert |         |
 contains curly quotes............. |             | to 7bit | future! |

That's just off the top of my head. Hmm... perhaps I'll write up a full page
similar to the above, and link to it from my HTML character set page (which,
btw, is at <>).
Guess I'll include a table for math symbol usage, too...

>Also, is there a tag that indicates what character set is being used
>in the document?

Netscape/Mac recognizes:

 <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=x-mac-roman">

but I don't think Netscape/Win or Netscape/Unix recognize that (odd, eh?).

    Walter Ian Kaye <>     Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
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