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Re: Patch to change %` %' to %< %>

On Sat, 29 May 2004, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:

>   (a) we're using %< and %> precisely for quoting, therefore
>       plain apostroph could not be mistaken for a quoting sign in both
>       translated and untranslated messages.
>   (b) is %' is synonymous for %>, does not that confuse the whole
>       distinction we're making clear with %< and %> notation?
> What am I missing?  

Sometimes messages may contain an ASCII (neutral) apostrophe, U+0027 (for
example, when referring to character constants).  Sometimes they contain
an apostrophe as an English punctuation mark, U+2019.  In a UTF-8 locale
we can produce better quality output by distinguishing these.  Doing so
requires distinguishing them in the source; we can't just transliterate
one into the other.

That %' is a synonym for %> is an accident of implementation, as
apostrophe and close-quote are the same character in English and %' is
only for use in untranslated messages.  They are synonyms in
implementation but not in the way they are intended to be used.

Joseph S. Myers

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