single quotes in xhtml output

Cuyahoga Falls cuyfalls at
Fri Mar 6 00:36:06 UTC 2020

Thank you for your reply. It never occurred to me that LyX would have 
special key-strokes to obtain typographic inner quotes when it 
automatically inserts typographic outer quotes without a special key-stroke.

Now that I know how it works, I can get the desired result.


On 3/5/2020 4:20 PM, Guenter Milde wrote:
> On 2020-02-29, Cuyahoga Falls wrote:
> ...
>> I often want to export to xhtml. However, when I do so, single quotation
>> marks and apostrophes (`) and (') do not get converted to curly
>> typographic quotes. Double quotes get converted just fine.
> Which keys or key-combinations do you use to insert the quote signs?
> By default, the »"«-key, inserts an "outer" „smart-quote inset“ which is
> converted to a typographical quote according to the document language's
> conventions (configurable in Document>Settings>Language).
> The default binding for "inner" „smart quotes“ is Alt-". Alternatively, you
> can use the Menu Insert>Special Character>Inner Quotation Mark.
> The ` and ' keys, in contrast default to inserting ASCII GRAVE ACCENT
> and APOSTROPHE respectively. Most LaTeX fonts show them in the shape of
> typographical curly single quotes but most fonts used in web browsers show
> them in the "neutral" shape.
>> Also, when exporting to html, all quotes are properly converted,
> Probabely, the external converter implements a "smart quotes" feature.
>> but I prefer the single file output of xhtml.
> I suppose with "xhtml" you mean the native "LyXHTML" export route?
> There is no plan to add such a smartquotes feature to the LyXHTML export,
> rather users should input typographical quotes either as literal characters
> or "quote insets".
> You may consider binding the '-key or the `-key to "quote-insert inner"
> (with Tools>Preferences>Editing>Shortcuts),
> use Alt-" or your systems keybindings for the literal curly quote Unicode
> characters.
> Günter

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