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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Apostrophe in docbook document

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Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
> Hi there,
>  I would like to know what are people using for there apostrophe in there
> docbook document ? There are 4 contestants:
> 1 ’ (curly on UTF-8 system)
> 2 ’
> 3 '
> 4 ’
> #3 is the fastest to type. #2 and #4 are ugly to read when editing the .xml
> file using text file. How about solution #1 ?

№s 1, 2, and 4 are exactly the same.  The XML parser will treat them
identically (assuming the rsquo entity is defined correctly).

While №s 2 and 4 are ugly to read, they are easy to type; further, № 2
is much easier to remember than № 4.  № 1 is very hard to type for most
people; I have the kind of brain that remembers character codes, and I
don’t mind typing Ctrl-Shift-U 2 0 1 9 SPACE in order to enter it (in a
GNOME system), or & ' 9 (in an RFC 1345 environment like Emacs), or
Alt-0146 in Windows, but I really don’t expect anyone else to do that.

Someday, someone will create an affordable, usable keyboard with proper
punctuation on it...  Until then, I recommend № 2.

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