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chihiro's picture
Joined: 8 Oct 2007 - 11:16am
Typography quotes

i am correcting a text in Indesign and would like to ask you which are the right typography quotes,please?
is it with single or double quotes?which is better
are there any space between the quotes and the word please?

thank you

Clinton Anglin's picture
Joined: 28 Sep 2008 - 2:31pm

My understanding regarding typographic quotes:

In the U.S., double quotes are used -- with single quotes reserved to enclose quotations nested inside double quotes. (Mary said, "I couldn't believe my ears when he said ‘I take the responsability.' ") In England, the opposite practice prevails. Other languages have still different conventions (French, for instance, uses small angle brackets for quotes).

Typically, there is no extra space between the quotes and the words they enclose. However, you should watch for special situations the need individual attention (e.g., the quote mark touching an ascender, cap, symbol or single quotes immediately adjacent to double quotes, as in the example above) -- in these cases you need to manually increase the spacing between the quote and the offending character.

Hope this helps.

oprion's picture
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm

If you need to set text in other languages, refer to this amazing compilation:
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Viviane Tubiana's picture
Joined: 27 Aug 2008 - 9:49pm

What language are you setting?
French DOES have a space between the quotation mark and the word.

jörg agostini's picture
Joined: 17 Jan 2006 - 5:09pm