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message 1: by David (last edited Jul 05, 2011 04:34AM) (new)

David Glasgow (davidmglasgow) | 28 comments Hi all—

I can't find any relevant guidance in the Librarian Manual on this one. When entering reviews and other text in book data, should we use “smart quotes” or "un-smart" ones? (The publisher description for the book Ethics includes the phrase “Moral Compass” in quotes, for example.)

Thanks!


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42467 comments Mod
I believe our standard in "un-smart". (To the degree we have a standard.)


message 3: by David (new)

David Glasgow (davidmglasgow) | 28 comments Thanks, Rivka. I know I added a few "smart" ones to descriptions the other day; I'll go back and "un-smarten" them. :-)

Am I the only one geeky enough to wonder about that question, or would it be worth adding to the Librarians Manual?


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42467 comments Mod
I don't think it has ever come up before.


message 5: by Beth (new)

Beth (bethjustbeth) | 1586 comments I had never heard of "smart quotes" until this post. I just googled it. :) I wouldn't know how to change from one to the other...probably why there hasn't been a standard set...


message 6: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 23813 comments Learn something new everyday. I'd never heard of them either till I read this ;)


message 7: by David (new)

David Glasgow (davidmglasgow) | 28 comments Well okay then. Color me geeky. :-)


message 8: by Gerd (new)

Gerd | 1047 comments If I understand the Wiki article that came up when I googled "Smart Quotes" correct, then those are what happens every time I past a word document into the review box. :)


message 9: by David (new)

David Glasgow (davidmglasgow) | 28 comments Well, more correctly, Word is probably "auto-correcting" your non-smart quotes to smart ones as you type, so they're already "smartened" before you paste. You can change that setting in your Word auto-correct prefs if, for instance, you want straight quotes to use as an abbreviation for "inches," etc.


message 10: by Gerd (new)

Gerd | 1047 comments Ah, I see, thanks!
I never really got the hang of how to use these fancy extra options Word offers. :)


message 11: by Beth (new)

Beth (bethjustbeth) | 1586 comments I just type.

My cell phone just makes calls, too. :)


message 12: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 23813 comments Beth, Me too ;)


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