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Re: [Groff] Smart quotes (and other excesses)

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] Smart quotes (and other excesses)
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 02:47:07 +0200 (CEST)

> I think, however, the essence of "smart" quotes is that the software
> figures out what's needed and does the dirty work.  I've often
> wished that troff would recognize `` and '' as double quotes, and
> substitute the real double quote characters if available.  The same
> could be said for -- (or perhaps ---) as \(em, which is every bit as
> ugly as \(`` or \(oq.

Extending and generalizing the ligature mechanism (even beyond TeX) to
support any ligature is on the TODO list.


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