[scribus] Automagically insert correct German quotation marks instead of manually inserting them?

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Wed Aug 25 12:19:56 CEST 2010

hi john,

> Having said that, it just occurred to me that not all programs handle
> the opening vs. closing quotes. Minimal text editors just use the
> straight quotes. But all major programs do it correctly. 
> But having said that i also realized that there are few rare
> situations where even OOo does not do it correctly. For example,
> there is a famous poem that starts with the contraction 'twas (for
> "it was"). When I type 'twas I get an opening quote, but that
> particular contraction is supposed to start with a closing quote. I
> have to fool OOo by typing a letter, then the quote, then "twas",
> then deleting the initial letter.
> I wonder if OOo handles the German opening and closing quotes
> correctly, or at least as correctly as it does the English opening and
> closing quotes. If so, could Scribus borrow the code?

afaict, most of the time the choice of the scribus team is to
implement features that always work. at least for things that are print

you don't want to print 2000 copies of your magazine before noticing
that somewhere your quotes are wrong!
(you know, when you automatically apply the quotes to 5 imported
pages you may not notice that 'twas was at the beginning of a

if the "mostly correct" is certainly a good approach for a word
processor it may not be enough for a DTP app.


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