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Experiments with Apostrophes [Sep. 29th, 2003|10:08 pm]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |Big Sonic Chill]

<tap> <tap> <tap> ... This thing on? Right then.

Since I am working on a new entry, I thought that this would be a good time to resolve the apostrophe issue. It is extremely reassuring to know that others have wrestled with this problem before. Pity that it basically ended in tears...

  • plain tick (ASCII 0x27): '
  • apostrophe entity (&apos;): '
  • apostrophe entity (alternate spelling? &apo;): &apo;
  • apostrophe glyph (Unicode U+2019, in hex &#x2019;):
  • apostrophe glyph (Unicode U+2019, in decimal &#8217;):
  • right single quote mark entity (&rsquo;):

Remember: punctuate humanely! Every time you misuse an apostrophe, God kills a kitten!

Update! Pictures! We got pictures!

So far, I have images off IE6 on Windows 2000 (both updated to the most recent service packs and hotfixes):

And RedHat Linux 8, also updated to address security errata. (I am currently running with “use my colors only, damnit!” settings, to dodge the stupid sites that change the background to white without also changing the text color to something dark.)

Finally, my PowerBook (running OS X 10.2.8, Mozilla 1.4):

The most surprising thing to me is that Mozilla gets it wrong: their interpretation of &apos; defaults to the plain tick character, which is at least sub-optimal. Bummer.

I should probably test it on older (version 4) browsers, but so far it looks that &#x2019; is the best bet for the browsers that I’m targeting. Wow, that makes for ugly source, but so long as the presentation looks good...


[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2003-09-30 12:33 am (UTC)
because everyone knows it's all about the presentation.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-09-30 12:39 am (UTC)

Re: Experiments with Apostrophes

because everyone knows it's all about the presentation.

Well, it’s not all about the presentation, but proper typography can be a pretty amazing thing. Not that one can do too much with Plain Old HTML (or even XHTML), but I thought it’d be worth trying.

You’re up late... not that I mind. Hope everything is going well, you flirt (guess who didn’t get around to answering your latest post?).

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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2003-09-30 11:17 am (UTC)

Re: Experiments with Apostrophes

I noticed who didn't answer...

Up late with a rotten training schedule. lol
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