Re: True quotes

David Perrell (
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 19:16:26 -0700

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Subject: Re: True quotes
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 19:16:26 -0700

Marcus E. Hennecke wrote:

> Nononono! Please stick to the SGML entities as Jim Taylor suggested:...

What SGML entities? I looked at three different tables of SGML character 
entities and found no such. Anyway, does SGML precede PostScript, a 
publishing standard? And PS has precedents.

Quote entities should begin with "quo" for a logical reason: if you 
alphabetize the list the quotes are all together. This corresponds to the 
character naming convention of "a", "agrave", "aacute", etc. Grave is not 
used as a prefix to a. By the same reasoning, dr should not be a prefix to 

If it's short names you want (and I agree), why add the letter "s" when 
single is implied?

Here are shortened entities with "quo" taking precedence:

<!ENTITY quodl CDATA "&#8220;" -- quote, double left     -->
<!ENTITY quodr CDATA "&#8221;" -- quote, double right    -->
<!ENTITY quol CDATA "&#8216;" -- quote, left     -->
<!ENTITY quor CDATA "&#8217;" -- quote, right    -->

Alphabetized by entity name, that's how they'd fall in a list.

David Perrell