[XeTeX] Typographic question : quotation marks and apostrophes

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Dec 15 19:32:12 CET 2011

On Dec 15, 2011, at 12:18 PM, Tobias Schoel wrote:

> But why? They are semantically different. Does this “identity” come from historical roots?

The same stroke was used by the scribes for both purposes / the characters are taught the same when written and when printed as metal type the same physical sort was used for each.

Just be glad you have curly quotes to use --- some sign-cutting systems only allow the uni-directional stick quote to be typed.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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