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Shady Characters is go!
I've just launched a website called Shady Characters looking at the stories behind some unusual marks of punctuation such as the pilcrow and the interrobang.
The first long post (about the early history of the pilcrow) has just gone up at http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk. You can follow the site on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Characters/135325489866494) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/shadychars). The plan is to update it every week or two with new material, time permitting.
Please take a look, and don't hesitate to get in touch with comments, criticism or anything else!
What is the correct way of emphasizing (with italics) a word followed by a punctuation mark like ,!?)" ? Do you emphasize it including the mark or only the word itself?
Trying to control quotation marks when typesetting in inDesign:
I am trying to see if I can make quotation marks change automatically for different languages. For example if I select (in InDesign) the Language drop-down menu in the character palette > my English style quotes would transform into French guillemet quotes.
I see that just by having the standard repertoire of quotes does not mean easy implementation.
Otherwise how do French or German typographers call for a specific style of quotation mark?
- Do the desired marks have to be the default in the font file?
Any help to solve this mystery appreciated.
A punctuation mark and sometimes a diacritic mark, in Latin fonts and languages. In English it has two main functions: it marks omissions, and it assists in marking the possessives of all nouns and many pronouns.
The apostrophe differs from the closing single quotation mark, often rendered identically but serving a different purpose. In limited casesit is allowed to assist in marking plurals, but most authorities now disapprove of such usage.
According to the OED, the word comes ultimately from Greek ἡ ἀπόστροφος [προσῳδία] (hē apóstrophos [prosōidía], the (accent of "turning away", or elision), through Latin and French.
A horizontal line character one em in width. Commonly use to imply a break in thought, or missing content.
Used to indicate a sudden break in thought, or to show an open range such as in numbers or dates.
Unicode : 2014
Windows US Keyboard : Alt 0151
Macintosh US Keyboard : Shift Option -