[XeTeX] English and American quotes

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 29 16:25:48 CEST 2008

Even more off-topic: according to the census of 2003, Afrikaans is still more widely spoken in South-Africa than English (although Zulu and Xhosa are even more common than Afrikaans). Afrikaans is a descendant of Dutch, and South Africa has 'special ties' to the Nederlandse Taalunie, a governmental group, composed mainly of Dutch and Flemish members, which has the goal of providing unifying rules, grammar and spelling for the several flavors of Dutch in use around the world - and to be honest, I didn't realize 'Dutch' was spoken in so many places around the world as indicated on the Taalunie's map :-)) . As such, I'd guess they use Dutch conventions for quotations :-)). 


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, Andrew Moschou <andmos at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Andrew Moschou <andmos at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] English and American quotes
> To: barry.mackichan at mackichan.com, "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 1:20 AM
> Somewhat off topic.
> Neither; Australia is not next to the Atlantic. Though, a
> quick look at a
> map shows that Australia is closer to the east side than
> the west side. To
> throw things around, we can't make this sort of
> statement without
> considering Canada, South Africa and other (former)
> colonies!
> Andrew
> 2008/7/29 Barry MacKichan
> <barry.mackichan at mackichan.com>
> > Aha, this must mean that the rule is single quotes
> east of the Atlantic
> > and double to the west. I can see how this would cause
> confusion in
> > Australia. On which side of the Atlantic *is*
> Australia, anyway?
> >
> > --Barry
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