Apostrophes in non-ASCII names (was: A proposed solution for descriptions)

Caoimhin O Donnaile caoimhin at smo.uhi.ac.uk
Thu Jun 29 16:02:33 CEST 2006

Karl said:

> Yes, it will. U+2019 *is* the preferred character for the apostrophe
> used for contraction and posession. Let me quote the relevant sections
>      [...] 
>   Punctuation Apostrophe.
>   U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK is preferred where the character 
>   is to represent a punctuation mark, as for contractions: "We've been
>   here before." 
>      [...]
> The semantics of U+2019 are therefore context-dependent. For example, if 
> surrounded by letters or digits on both sides, it behaves as an in-text 
> punctuation character and does not separate words or lines.

I am quite shocked to learn this.  Ciaran is not alone.  It's not at
all what I would have expected from Unicode.  But if that's the
way it is...

It looks as if I should avoid using single quotation marks to quote
text in the future, but rather stick to double quotation marks.
Or maybe go for the French « »  :-)


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