[Ads-l] testing intelligent quotes

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 18 08:45:33 UTC 2014

Thanks for your analysis, Robin. The quotation marks in my messages
are sometimes obtained via cutting and pasting text from websites.
Here is an example of an "open quote and a close quote" from a

Apparently I will have to hunt for these quotation marks, remove them,
and replace them with "simple" quotes until there is some kind of
resolution to this problem.


On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM, Robin Hamilton
<robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: testing intelligent quotes
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> Benjamin Barrett wrote (or didn't write):
> I am unable to see the smart quotes and have never gotten Chinese, =
> Japanese or Korean correctly from the ADS list. Nevertheless, I=E2=80=99m =
> not completely convinced that it=E2=80=99s an application issue.
>              Succinctly, UTF-8 in, ASCII out.
> Right apostrophe in UTF-8 is represented by   e2 80 99
> Thus, contracted I am becomes ...  I=E2=80=99m =  as above.
> The = sign seems to be signalling that the following characters are in
> UTF-8, but they don't get translated.
> = also seems to occur when there's a word-wrap symbol in the original text.
> What comes out of the sausage machine is a line break AND the = character.
> MORAL:  If using Notepad, avoid any characters beyond those represented by
> the first 128 characters of Unicode, where there's a one-to-one mapping of
> UTF-8 and ASCII, *and* switch-off the word-wrap function before copying into
> an email.
> Health warning:  I worked that out via mousing around on google, so I may be
> completely wrong.
> Robin
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