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Re: [Groff] [patch] Typographic quotes in -mdoc %T

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] [patch] Typographic quotes in -mdoc %T
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:04:54 +0100 (CET)

> Well, `` and '' get rendered as typographic double quotes in troff,

This is due to special, manually added, negative kern values for those

> Because of that I don't know of a way to specify typographic quotes in
> man(7) input aside from ugly escape sequences like \(lq and \(rq.

There are none, unfortunately.  However, if you use the `preconv'
preprocessor, you can simply use Unicode characters in your input that
get converted to groff character entities.

> Should nroff render `` '' as typographical double quotes instead of
> literal ASCII values?

This is not possible since groff doesn't support `input ligatures'
(which is basically multiple input characters mapped to a single
output character).


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