[scribus] Quotes and apostrophes

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 18 15:01:06 CEST 2009

alessandro rimoldi wrote:
> buondì,
>> But that is not what I was looking for. I assumed that "typographer's
>> quotes" would be an option somewhere. Like I could turn it on and then
>> Scribus would always use the typographer's quotes when I am typing -
>> no need to insert a special character.
>> I can't find the option anywhere. I know it is not trivial to add a
>> feature like this, but all word processors do it, so it should be
>> possible. Does it exist as an option somewhere in Scribus?
> typographer's quotes are very hard to get right, and scribus being an app which is still under heavy development preferred to concentrate on other topics.
> you have to consider that scribus is used all around the world and different languages (and even some regional versions of languages) have different rules, which may even be somehow complicated. you also have to consider that quotes can be nested and that quote signs may also be used as apostrophes.
> so, for now, you have to manually set the correct quote for each case...
We can hope that somewhere in the future we might get some configurable 
automation of this, which could be localized for various languages' 
usage, especially considering that the typewriter keyboard ' and " are 
rarely the right characters in typesetting. Wordprocessors have been 
doing this for years.

I don't think we quite have the tools yet, but a script might 
conceivably be created for it. In the nearer term, iirc, one of our GSoC 
projects is a rewrite of Search and Replace, which by itself would 
simplify this.


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