[wp-hackers] allow opting out of WordPress SmartQuotes

Stephen Rider wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Sun Feb 15 17:07:14 GMT 2009

+1 RE other languages.

Also, doesn't Unicode have actual arrow symbols?

On Feb 15, 2009, at 7:57 AM, Thomas Scholz wrote:

> WordPress inserts legal quotes for english text only. In non-english  
> texts WordPress’ »smart quotes« are anything but smart. They’re just  
> plain wrong.
> Additionally WordPress has german, swiss and french »quotes«  hard  
> coded as *arrows*. This is extremly annoying, because it requires  
> anyone who cares about typography to buffer and clean up the  
> complete output.
> Using » and « as arrows violates aestethic, orthographic and unicode  
> rules.
> Typography should never be hard coded in a software that is used in  
> different languages. Get it out of the core or add at least an  
> option to switch it completely off.

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