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5:53 pm on Oct 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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A friend sent me a link to an article on {reputable site} about {interesting critter}. Unfortunately, I couldn’t give it my full attention, because the critter was consistently referred to as
genus species
like that.

Er, no, {reputable site}. That's
Genus species
like that.

And then I looked closer and found that the article consistently used
-- (two hyphens)
in place of
— (em dash, which I always render in html as — because I edit in a fixed-pitch font)

It goes without saying that they also consistently used ' and " (“typewriter” quotes) in place of ‘ ’ and “ ” -- a phenomenon I’ve noticed increasingly often on an increasing number of sites, on apparently no other grounds than that they are too ### lazy to do it right.

Hmph.

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5:58 pm on Oct 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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noticed increasingly often on an increasing number of sites,

I have found a large number of WordPress sites seem to default to curly quotes. Just sayin'.

9:06 pm on Oct 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Well, good for them ;)

My email uses curly quotes (and mdashes) because there's a setting to do it automatically. I could tell my text editor to do the same thing, but then I'd have to remember to turn it off every time I'm editing html.