Re: Curly Quotes and HTML

Peter Flynn (pflynn@curia.ucc.ie)
31 Dec 1996 20:42:42 +0000 (GMT)


Date: 31 Dec 1996 20:42:42 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: Curly Quotes and HTML
In-reply-to: <199612301453.AA159957636@lhrsys20.lhr-sys.DHL.COM> (message from
To: amas@lhr-sys.DHL.COM
Cc: www-html@www10.w3.org
Message-id: <199612312042.UAA15960@curia.ucc.ie>

   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?

That's what <Q> was for, but no browser implemented it. I'm not sure
what you mean by "curly quotes"...do you mean the normal printer's
quotes used in normal typesetting? These won't work in HTML most of
the time because the apostrophe and grave accent characters which used
to be used to symbolise normal quotation marks contain the typewriter
unidirectional apostrophe and a real floating grave accent in TT fonts
(as far as I can see: check with the gurueax on TYPO-L). If you use
the numeric character references they may or may not be implemented in
browsers. 

///Peter