More Spelling

— In GDP-UK@yahoogroups.com,
> > John Uytman wrote:
> > > Is it just me? Is it because it is ten to midnight?
> > >
> > > I`ve just given up reading today`s posts in disgust. We`re supposed
> > > to be careful, fastidious, professional people.
> > >
> > > Some of the spelling here is atrocious. Please, please check your
> > > spelling, for pity`s sake!!!
> > >
> > >
> > > P.S. Apologies in advance for any unintentional errors in my own
> > > spelling; I would refer anyone interested in this topic to Bill
> > > Bryson`s book on the English language. A fascinating read.
> >
> > Spelling looks fine, I’m just amused by your use of the back-quote
> instead
> > of the apostrophe ;o)
> >
> > –
> > =============================
> > Gobby Heath, Horsham, West Sussex
> > GDP-UK@
> > =============================
> >
> Hi Gobby,
> Your spelling also looks fine. I’m just amused by your use of the
> apostrophe rather than the closing single quote character :-) .
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark
>

Hi Gobby,
Drat! The above posting doesn’t look half as impressive as when I posted it. Unfortunately for me the Yahoo software strips the ’ (Unicode character name: Righat Single Quotation Mark) to produce the vertical character ‘ (Unicode character name: Apostrophe). This shouldn’t really ever be used in proper typography, but is often used because it’s easy to type.
In view of this John’s original use of the backtick is perfectly understandable to avoid confusion and abiguity if he ever has to type something like:
Gobby said ‘the ’80s, ’twas a good time to be a dental student. I’m happy to say.’

Using the apostrophe and the closing single quote characters this becomes:
Gobby said ‘the ’80s, ’twas a good time to be a dental student. I’m happy to say.’
Using the backquote and apostrophe characters this becomes the more legible:
Gobby said ‘the `80s, `twas a good time to be a dental student.I`m happy to say.’
This confusion could also be avoided by the use of double quotes:
Gobby said “the ’80s, ’twas a good time to be a dental student. I’m happy to say.”

Until this posting actually appears I have no idea whether the html named entities I have put in will be converted as I hope they will or just add to the confusion.
Regards,
Mark

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The above problem was eventually solved by posting emails in 7 bit ASCII
It’s absolutely impossible to send a virus in.
It makes for easier reading if you’ve set your font to be a
fixed width such as Courier or equivalent. And, and this thread
echoes this, it restricts output to top-bit unset which makes for
universal reading, ie, the recipient sees exactly what you wrote.

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