|Martin - Subject: Re: Re: Re: question marks :-) ( May 11, 2001, 15:02:02 )|
In Windows' version of ASCII-compatible encoding, the question mark (?) and the single quote (') are swapped. Yes, it makes the author look as a moron, but Windows users won't notice that.
Not quite - MS Word extends (that word again) the standard ASCII character set with their own entries for things like quotes and apostrophes - eg the inappropriately named "Smart Quotes". However when exporting as HTML they DO NOT FIX THEM, so these nonstandard characters pollute web pages. Of course when viewing on a Windows system which also supports these nonstandard characters, everything looks fine.
So the Economist (and a few of the talkbacks above) were written in Word or similar MSware, without having Smart Quotes disabled (its buried in the Tools menu someplace.)
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|Kevin Reichard - Subject: Re: Re: Re: question marks :-) ( May 11, 2001, 15:08:28 )|
|> It is simple.
> In Windows' version of ASCII-compatible encoding, the question mark (?) and the single quote (') are swapped. Yes, it makes the author look as a moron, but Windows users won't notice that.
Actually, smart quotes are not limited to Windows. Corel WordPerfect on Linux supports them as well. The extension of the ASCII set is not a Microsoft invention.
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