# [texhax] 2 quick queries

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Mon Sep 5 15:49:59 CEST 2005

```    1) Am wondering about the proper way to write out double-quotes. I notice in

The standard way in TeX is to use two ASCII grave accent (0x60)
characters for a left double quote (``) and two ASCII apostrophe
characters (0x27) for a right double quote ('').  This is explained
early on in every TeX book.

Editors sometimes turn the ASCII double quote (" = 0x22) into the
appropriate two single characters.  Sometimes they get it wrong.

2) Same problem regarding greater than symbol. What is the proper command to
display "greater than"?

The basic way is: \$>\$.  Assuming you want an actual math greater than
and not a typewriter-like greater than for computer code.  If you want
the latter, then it would just be {\tt >} or (in LaTeX) \texttt{>}.

HTH,
karl

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