Re: Glyphs for German quotation marks

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 19:03:32 CDT

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    Andreas Prilop wrote:

    > Please note that Unicode has *three* high quotation marks:
    > U+2018, U+2019, U+201B.
    > If you want a rotated apostrophe, use U+2018.
    > If you want a mirrored apostrophe, use U+201B.

    Yes, and nobody in his right mind is ever going to use U+201B, especially not to obtain a
    particular glyph shape in a particular font. You don't break your text encoding in order
    to get a glyph variant, especially not when the desired glyph shape in a different font is
    mapped to a different character and the character you've used (U+201B) isn't supported at
    all in the vast majority of fonts.

    As far as I'm concerned, the encoding of what the standard clearly acknowledges as a
    'glyph variant of 2018' as a separate character is itself contrary to the Unicode
    character/glyph model.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
    I am not yet so lost in lexicography, as to forget
    that words are the daughters of earth, and that things
    are the sons of heaven.  - Samuel Johnson

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