[Kde-accessibility] Quotation marks in german translation

Luciano Montanaro mikelima at cirulla.net
Wed Feb 13 17:21:40 CET 2008

On Wednesday 13 February 2008 17:09:33 Gerrit Sangel wrote:
> Hello,
> In the german translation, " is still used, even though the correct
> quoation marks are „“.
> I wrote this to the German translation mailing list, but they were a bit
> wary that these quotation marks could interfere with some accessibility
> applications, even though I doubted it.
> But I do not want to cause problems with accessibility programmes, so I
> thought I should ask here.
> So, would it cause any problems if the " is replaced by „“?
> Some other characters which I would also like to replace are:
> - with –
> ... with …
> ' with ’ or ‚‘
> and some others, which currently do not come to my mind.
> Or does some screen reader or so depend on these characters?

More than accessibility, the problem could be that iso-8859-1 and iso-8859-15 
charsets do not have those characters. This can be a problem if non utf-8 
locales are still in use.

I'd be interested in possible issues too, especially since we introduced 
the «» quotation marks in the Italian translations, and I hope these would 
not be a problem. 

I'd actually like to use the ellipses (but how do you type them?) and the 
n-dash when it makes typographical sense. 

I also had a patch for the Italian .po files to use ←,→ in the menus instead 
of "Sinistra" and "Destra", which would directly map to key labels, but as 
well was not sure if it would break on system without the proper fonts.


> Thanks
> Gerrit Sangel

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