Decimal Notation in HTML


Methods for correctly inserting curly quotes in web pages are not well understood.
The problem is that many web browsers assume you are referring to the local character system, translating your curly quotes into Greek or accented Latin characters. These same browsers always get the decimal notation references right.

Don't try to ``fake it´´ with doubled-up grave accents and straight single quotes or acute accents, as most of the ``best-known newspapers" do.

Blocked Quotes

The <q> and <blockquote> elements are designed to have quote marks " automatically inserted in the appropriate locations.
HTML mandates that this occur for the <q> and <blockquote> element, and advises authors against placing quotes manually, since this could result in double quotes.
CSS rules can be used to overide this behavour.

Quoting Multiple Paragraphs

When quoting multiple paragraphs, each one begins with an opening quote. &#8220;, but only the last paragraph has a closing quote. &#8221;

Search for a Quotation:

 ⮃ Character Notes Notation
a1 quotation punctuation &#34; text"text
a2 single curly left &#8216; text
a2 single curly right &#8217; text
a3 double curly left &#8220; text
a3 double curly curly right &#8221; text
a4 single curly curly low &#8218; text
a4 single curly curly low &#8222; text
a5 single curly curly reversed high &#8219; text
a5 double curly curly high &#8223; text
a6 double ornament ornament left &#10077; text
a6 double ornament ornament right &#10078; text
a7 single ornament ornament left &#10075; text
a7 single ornament ornament right &#10076; text
a8 double chevron left chevron &#171; « text
a8 double chevron right chevron &#187; text »
a9 single angle left pointing angle &#8249; text
a9 single angle right pointing angle &#8250; text


A single prime is used to represent feet/minutes.
A double prime is used to indicate inches/seconds.

They look similar to curly quotes, but are much more distinct, and they never look like commas.
They are set at an angle of 75° to 80° and are tapered from the top to the bottom.

Also shown are the triple prime and the three reversed versions of these characters.

 ⮃ Character Notes Notation
a1 single &#8242; text
double &#8243; text
triple &#8244; text
a1 single reversed &#8245; text
double reversed &#8246; text
triple reversed &#8247; text