# Different codes for single quotation marks

_johnny7_ger at web.de _johnny7_ger at web.de
Thu Mar 11 17:19:13 UTC 2021

Am 11.03.2021 um 17:07 schrieb Jürgen Spitzmüller:
> Am Montag, dem 08.03.2021 um 23:01 +0100 schrieb _johnny7_ger at web.de:
>> the easiest way for me to insert German single quotation marks was to
>> copy and paste them from Wikipedia or even previous paragraphs from
>> my
>> text into LyX: ‚ ‘ Now I see there is also the key binding Alt+".
>> Both
>> methods lead to the same characters both in the LyX work area and in
>> the
>> output; however, the LyX or LaTeX code is different: The former gets
>> in LyX code ‚ ‘
>> in LaTeX \quotesinglbase{} \textquoteleft{}
>>
>> with key binding or the Insert menu I get
>> in LyX code \begin_inset Quotes gls and ... Quotes grs
>> in LaTeX \quotesinglbase{}
>>
>> I see no difference in the output but are there cases in which the
>> different codes make a difference?
> No, not output-wise. These are different input formats provided with
> different font encodings. If you write LaTeX in an editor, ,this is
> the fastest input method, but it matches \quotesinglebase
> this\textquoteleft.
>
> Not, though, that changing quote styles (e.g. to German guillemets) is
> easier if you use Alt+".
>
>> A somewhat related question is the difference between typing "let's"
>> in LyX and pasting "let’s". The output is identical here as well with
>> the curly apostrophe. Is there case where the different inputs
>> matter?
> Don't think so.
>
> Jürgen

Thanks for elaborating. But I noted that changing quote styles does not
automatically change all existing quotation marks in the text,
regardless of their input format. Is that right?
I'm glad I don't have to bother with the different input forms in my
text as I happen to have also used the shortcut occasionally.