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Re: Man and UTF-8.

Roger Leigh <rleigh@codelibre.net> writes:

> Ye gods, that's nasty.  Should be removed IMO, since '`' is not and
> never was an opening single quotation mark.

It is in the *roff language, similar to how '' is an opening or closing
quotation mark in TeX.  Just because most of the characters in *roff have
some resemblence to similar characters in normal ASCII text, that doesn't
mean they mean the same thing.  *roff is a formatting language, not ASCII
text with a few special commands, and it's important to be aware of that
while writing in it.

*roff is 33 years old.  It doesn't work the way that it would if it were
designed today.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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