[texhax] European quotation marks

Bernd Raichle raichle at Informatik.Uni-Stuttgart.DE
Mon May 4 09:45:57 CEST 2009

Hi all,

On Friday, 1 May 2009 13:01:17 +0200,
Uwe Lueck <uwe.lueck at web.de> writes:
 > At 18:07 10.04.09, Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:
 > >Just a suggestion (and not necessary), but why not give the glyphs their 
 > >correct name ? They are guillemets (glyphs), not guillemots (birds) ! ** Phil.
 > I suspected german.sty had brought it into TeX, it has `guillemot' as part 
 > of control sequences. The documentation, however, says `guillemets'. 
 > Inspector Taylor, would you please arrest Bernd Raichle and hear him?

The words "guillemotleft" etc. were introduced into "german.sty" with
the first support for LaTeX2e and its "inputenc" mechanism.  In 1994/5
I simply copied the names from the LaTeX2e files when introducing the
appropriate definitions for "text symbols" used for the various double
and single quote glyphs.  Thus you have to arrest the responsible
persons of the LaTeX2e team, Alan and Frank as authors of the first
version of "inputenc" :-)

Btw. is this prehistoric TeX archaeology? ;-}

Best wishes,

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