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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, 2010 at 19:26
  • I've edited the question adding why some people think this would be a desirable feature to have. Jul 28, 2010 at 20:23
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    I would also argue that people have been doing fine with Word as is.. but that is not the point. Jul 28, 2010 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? Oct 17, 2010 at 15:22

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Please don't add anything that tries to parse Tex-like markup. It will interfere with Tex code in questions and answers.

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    This shouldn't be an issue, because TeX code should be clearly delimited as I just clarified in the suggestion. Jul 28, 2010 at 20:22
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    "This shouldn't be an issue" scares me.
    – vanden
    Jul 29, 2010 at 21:18

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