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Re: Getting Emacs to play nice with Hunspell and apostrophes


From: Nikolai Weibull
Subject: Re: Getting Emacs to play nice with Hunspell and apostrophes
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0200

On Sat, Jun 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM, Robert Thorpe
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Nikolai Weibull <address@hidden> writes:
>> “isn’t”
>
> In Britain and Ireland we generally use "isn't", notice there's no angle
> on the apostrophe.

It’s generally used (in Britain and in other places) instead of the
more correct “typographical” apostrophe/right single quotation mark
because it’s more easily accessible on the standard computer keyboard,
not because it’s preferred.

> The one you're using "’" is the Unicode RIGHT
> QUOTATION MARK.

No, it’s the U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK.

> So, to Emacs you are closing quotes around "isn" and
> putting a "t" straight after that.

I realize that ‘’’ is seen as punctuation by Emacs, which is true in
some cases, when, for example, doing quoting in British English, for
example, ‘this is a quote’ or when doing nested quoting in American
English, for example, “this quote quotes ‘another quote’”, but it’s
also sometimes a character that should be seen as part of a word.

> As far as I know, if you want to use Unicode that would be "isnʼt" which
> is MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE.  Have a look with C-u C-x =.  I don't
> know if using that will work though.

No, that’s incorrect, please see, for example,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe#Unicode

for a description about the use of apostrophes and Unicode.



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