# Augment the markdown syntax with some lightweight TeX-ish conventions [duplicate]

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Can we get SmartyPants?

Some examples that have been proposed is to be able to type quotes'' for educated “quotes”, as well as -- and --- for en- and em-dashes.

Note this would be outside of any specialized parsing/evaluation of TeX markup as suggested in another thread. My suggestion here is to add some very light markup to use when editing the main text of the questions/answers.

Edit: I should have added that this comes from other suggestions in another thread about the look/feel of the site, and we thought it was important to stress the fact that, in this site, we do care about typography. That's why easier methods to input educated quotes and dashes should be welcomed.

Also, this should not interfere with other TeX markup, which should be probably clearly delimited by $...$ or some other kind of markers.

• I think we've been doing fine with Markdown as is... – David Z Jul 28 '10 at 19:26
• I've edited the question adding why some people think this would be a desirable feature to have. – Juan A. Navarro Jul 28 '10 at 20:23
• I would also argue that people have been doing fine with Word as is.. but that is not the point. – Juan A. Navarro Jul 28 '10 at 21:44
• Isn’t this a duplicate of meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/328/can-we-get-smartypants (or rather, the other way round, but I prefer the other request)? If so, can it be closed? – Konrad Rudolph Oct 17 '10 at 15:22