Implement a “smart quotes” typing converter




17 years ago
9 months ago


(Reporter: bugmail, Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug)


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17 years ago
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-US; rv:1.0rc2)
BuildID:    2002051005

An option should be available to automatically convert hash marks (' and ") to
true quotes and apostrophes in Composer.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Type hash marks (foot and inch marks, ' and ") in a Composer document.

Actual Results:  Hash marks remained hash marks.

Expected Results:  The hash marks should have been converted to true quotes
and/or apostrophes.


17 years ago
Summary: Implement a "smart quotes" typing converter → Implement a “smart quotes” typing converter

Comment 1

17 years ago
This is something that ATSUI AAT may automatically provide under Mac OS X. See
bug 105800.


17 years ago
Ever confirmed: true
OS: MacOS X → All
Hardware: Macintosh → All

Comment 2

17 years ago
Might this depend on the work in bugs like bug 24861?


17 years ago

Comment 3

17 years ago
This is a good point. Text entry (e.g., in Composer)
should by default insert smart quotes.  DON'T insert the
non-standard Microsoft characters (e.g., from charset windows-1252),
because they don't work everywhere.  Instead,
for left and right double quotation marks, use
& #8220; and & #8221; - and for
left and right single quotation marks (and apostrophes), use
& #8216; and & #8217;

This should be optional (controlled by preferences).  Usually, you
want smart quotes, but sometimes (e.g., when discussing code) you
want just straight quotes.  The algorithm can be simple:
if at the beginning of a paragraph or after whitespace, use a left quote,
otherwise use a right quote.

More stuff about curling quotes is at:

Comment 4

17 years ago
Oh, note that in composer, the pull-down for symbols should also
let users pick the various quote marks (as well as showing their names,
since in some old X windows fonts they look the same).

Comment 5

16 years ago
I don't think this should be tied with bug 24861.
Bug 24861 is interested in the <q> tag.
However, if someone types the " or ' character, it's not
clear they meant to use the <q> tag; (indeed, for ' they often don't mean it).
Especially since there are still many systems that don't handle <q>.
It _IS_ clear that they meant that character, so translating it
to a &#8820; and so on is valid (and that works on FAR more tools).

Comment 6

16 years ago
reassign to new account
Assignee: syd → composer
Product: Browser → Seamonkey

Comment 7

14 years ago
I wonder if OpenOffice has any code that could be borrowed into Mozilla for
this. Would there be any licensing issues?
Blocks: 234800
Assignee: composer → nobody
QA Contact: sujay → composer

Comment 8

10 years ago
Not intended only for SeaMonkey, moving to Core and guessing Editor component.
Component: Composer → Editor
Product: SeaMonkey → Core
QA Contact: composer → editor

Comment 9

9 years ago
You really must remember i18n when you start implementing these kind of things. Different languages use different characters to mark a quotation and some (like Finnish) do not use curly quotes at all. What's more the character might not be standardized at all in some languages. For example in Finnish it is most common to use the straight quotes, i.e. U+0022, but it is equally correct to use the double angle quotation marks (U+00BB and U+00AB), although the later is normally only seen in books.

So don't implement any automation that is not a) i18n and b) configurable by the user.

Comment 10

6 years ago
This proposal is really old, but it is still important.

In every word processor (Word, Openoffice etc), Smart Quotes are automatically used. In English, I get “”, in German „“, in French «». 

But, because in recent times, everybody uses web content creation software like  Wordpress, more and more people write the text directly in the browser, with the effect that " has become the de facto standard on the web. I guess nowadays more people use Firefox than Word for writing texts.

It would be extremely good if Firefox could support smart quotes in text fields (like the ones where I am currently writing in). This would have a profound impact on typography on the web. Maybe other browser would follow. But even if not, at least Firefox users would write correctly.

_Please_ support this. This would be such a good feature. I don’t see that there is any customization necessary by the user (maybe only on/off). Of course, some languages have multiple ways to write (e.g. German has „“ and »«), but there is nothing wrong with just using one style.
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