* Nicolas Alvarez <email@example.com>, 2009-11-17, 13:45:
In the manpage I wrote, I wanted to use English guillemets (‘’). This lead to errors and I gave up, replacing them by `'. Guess what? Groff understood what I wanted and put nice Unicode guillemets in the ouptut! I am quite amazed, even if it looks like a strange hack to me.It's not a hack, it's an old, documented behaviour.And sometimes annoying. I have seen command examples in manpages that used fancy Unicode quotes, and didn't work when copied and pasted into a shell.
Blame the one who wrote a buggy manpage, not groff. Here's a quick guide to groff's apostrophe-like characters:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?msg=10;bug=488213 -- Jakub Wilk
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