A reference guide to type smart quotes and accented characters: quotesandaccents.com
Jessica Hische IS awesome, thanks! What about for us windows users…
Ugh. Smart quotes and smart accents are the bane of my existence. So many reasons I can’t use them in Development.
This is a super nerdy complaint but it drives me nuts that the author is putting the punctuation outside of the end quote. I guess typing and grammar are two very different things.
@ryan That’s how the punctuation is supposed to be, the quote is part of the sentence the full stop (period) mark concludes the sentence and so comes after the quote.
The thing that irritates me most is that old Mac users (I’ve been using one since 1990) keep calling the Alt key the Option key. It hasn’t said Option on this key since the first iMacs came out in 1998. At least not in the UK anyway.
@ryan I agree.
@neal. Nope. In American English, periods and commas always go inside the closing quotation mark; semicolons, colons, asterisks, and dashes always go outside the closing quotation mark; and question marks and exclamation points require that you analyze the sentence and make a decision based on context.
MLA Standards http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/01/
No ‘always’ exists in ‘American English’. I’ve edited for decades, and used MLA, AP, The Chicago Manual of Style, and various in-house style guides for NASA, engineering firms, environmental scientists, and fiction writers. All styles differ. Freedom of speech prevails.
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