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January 13,2013
Get rid of pesky ? marks for apostrophes, quotes
Filed under: Support Feature Tags: HTML Documents Formatting+Text
MyArtClub uses HTML so you have opportunity to put links everywhere you have text, and that includes links to videos etc.

But sometimes there are drawbacks when you have the advantages HTML provides, and curly marks is one.

It turns out that if your computer or word program inserts a curled apostrophe, or curled quote mark, the HTML code can't read it. HTML code gives the � response, meaning HTML can't interpret this character.

So what to do? If you can please use a straight version not curled version of apostrophe. Basically change all the double quotes to " and the single quotes to ' marks.

A better way, is to use the HTML special character codes:

' for apostrophes, " for quotes, ‐ for dash and © for copyright symbol.
Other special character symbols are shown in full here. By the way, the HTML names sometimes work, but I find the HTML number codes always seem to work, so may be the safer choice. I suspect not every browser supports the names in the same way as the numbers, which no doubt came first in HTML development.

Let's show how this works. For example, Ian's "painting".
would be:

Ian 's " painting ". You could try just typing in the straight (not curly) versions of the characters, such as
Ian's "painting".

Sometimes writing in the text in Word pad (as opposed to MS Word, which adds formatting and curls the characters) will give you the straight, not curled, versions. That may be worth a try too. But in my experience, the results have been mixed.

So somewhat resignedly, I find it easiest to write in the code for one apostrophe, copy the code

I mean type in the ' once, copy it, and then paste it where ever there turns out to be a � character that is an apostrophe. Then do the same for quote marks, type in " and copy it and paste it around all the quote marks Bit of a big pain I admit, but it always works. And if you want you can use the MS word program Find and Replace feature to speed this up. Using that you can type as normal, and then review and replace all the codes.

Big tip: Important! If you update the blog live, and then go back and do it again, some of the corrections will re-occur as problems. Best advice is if you save a copy of your blog in word, you can do all your substitutions there, of quote marks and other characters, and then you can copy paste the entire corrected copy again and again.

Do you have any questions on this? Email us at [email protected]

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 01:27


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