[XeTeX] Whoever said quotation-marks are unimportant?

Lillie Bennett lillie.bennett at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 04:34:29 CEST 2008

We Americans traditionally used the single quote which is actually 
called an apostrophe to show third person possession: This is Lillie's 
XeTeX installation. The single next to the 1 on the keyboard, I think, 
is called a prime used in math until they put it on the computer 
keyboard. Then Donald Knuth and others capitalized on it to select the 
attractive typesetting character for lead single & double quotes.


Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 27 juil. 08 à 19:10, Wilfred van Rooijen a écrit :
>> When using latex, I can make 'upturned double quotes' by typing ``.  
>> Latex reads this as a 'special sequence' and puts the upturned  
>> double quotes. If I do the same in xetex, I don't get the upturned  
>> double quotes. How can I get the upturned double quotes in xetex, I  
>> don't see it on my keyboard.
> When calling a font with fontspec use [Mapping=tex-text], or for all  
> fonts use \defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}.
>> As a related matter, in English (if I'm not mistaken), a quote is  
>> opened with the 'upturned double quote' and closed by the normal  
>> double quotes.
> In English (not my mother language) I could never find out if there's  
> a difference between double and single quotes and if so what each type  
> of quotes means. I thought maybe one type was used when quoting  
> somebody and the other type for meaning so-to-say or so-called, but I  
> could never find a logical pattern.
> In French we always use guillemets « », though now with more and more  
> people writing on computers you tend to see quotes " " more and more  
> often.
> Bruno Voisin
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