Re: “book end” or <enclosing characters> in most languages?

From: Ben Dougall (
Date: Thu May 29 2003 - 17:12:30 EDT

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    On Thursday, May 29, 2003, at 02:10 pm, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    > Interestingly, the French first-level quotation marks use what we call
    > "chevrons" (double angle brackets).
    > However there are some typographical considerations that common fonts
    > forget when they design these characters:
    > They are normally as tall as lowercase letters, the angle brackets
    > should not be acute, but still kerned (and not displayed as two
    > separate angle brackets), and their bottom base should be aligned with
    > the baseline of the Latin script.

    are they something that's in unicode? apart from the less than and
    greater than < > symbols i can't see anything like that.

    > French usage of these quotation marks is interesting: when a quotation
    > spans several paragraphs, each paragraph starts with a quotation mark,
    > but only the last one is terminated by the mirrored mark.

    so it can go open, open, open, close for example. and the last close
    covers all the previous opens. i see from another mail that also occurs
    in english. didn't know that.

    thanks for the info. whenever i try and find out about this sort of
    thing one thing always becomes very apparent. there's no blanket rules
    that apply. at least not obvious, immediate ones.

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