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 Re: Quotes and punctuation Frank Mittelbach <[log in to unmask]> Mon, 2 Nov 1998 22:06:41 +0100 text/plain (41 lines) Joerg Knappen writes:  > It is almost trivial to implement \quote{this}, but do you really expect that it  > will be used by the authors, typing a LaTeX script?  >  > Compare: "this"  > this''  > \quote{this}  >  > in length, sophistication, and error checking.  >  > IMO, the Knuthian commands are just right -- not too long and not shortened  > into cryptical acronyms. except that he misuses the ligature mechanism to implement his "commands" (or was it commands'' :-) with all the pitfalls we know  > LaTeX2e is already on the way to go overboard on  > command length, I am not very fond of all the commands prefixed by \text... that is a problem which i also see, but it originates in the usage of TeX for things it was not meant for (ie typesetting anything other than English) and not having appropriate interfaces for it. so the \text... is a logical step to avoid absolute chaos while still being able to extend the capabilities (within the framework forced on you)  > Too long commands encourage the authors to come up with their own, incompatible and too short commands result in users documents suddenly no longer working as they have already been defined by the user. the \text... commands have been introduced mainly as internal commands not primarily to be used by the end user but to provide a unique representation if going from an input representation (inputenc) via internal commands (\text...) to some output representation (fontenc) on the whole i think this is something which does work fairly well in the current LaTeX. frank