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Re: [PATCH] standards: rewrite section on quoting

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [PATCH] standards: rewrite section on quoting
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:11:33 +0100

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 20:39, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> This proposed patch is too strong, as it says that locale-specific
> quotes in English messages should use British-English style quoting
> (with single quotes) and it discourages American English quoting,
> (with double quotes).  Many (perhaps most) GNU programs use American
> English spelling

Actually, the only GNU program that I know using Unicode quotes in an
en_US.UTF-8 locale (i.e. without the @quot catalog) is GCC, and it
uses single quotes.

In my opinion, single quotes are a good compromise.  In the program
output, they look like the C locale alternative; in a manual, you can
quote the entire message with italics and satisfy British style; if
you quote instead the entire message with double quotes, the single
quotes are good as American-style inner quotes.


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