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## Smart punctuation
Open quotes are matched with closed quotes.
The same method is used for matching openers and closers
as is used in emphasis parsing:
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"Hello," said the spider.
"'Shelob' is my name."
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<p>Hello,” said the spider.
“‘Shelob is my name.”</p>
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'A', 'B', and 'C' are letters.
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<p>A’, B’, and C are letters.</p>
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'Oak,' 'elm,' and 'beech' are names of trees.
So is 'pine.'
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<p>Oak,’ elm,’ and beech are names of trees.
So is pine.’</p>
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'He said, "I want to go."'
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<p>He said, I want to go.”’</p>
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A single quote that isn't an open quote matched
with a close quote will be treated as an
apostrophe:
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Were you alive in the 70's?
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<p>Were you alive in the 70s?</p>
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Here is some quoted '`code`' and a "[quoted link](url)".
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<p>Here is some quoted ‘<code>code</code>’ and a “<a href="url">quoted link</a>”.</p>
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Here the first `'` is treated as an apostrophe, not
an open quote, because the final single quote is matched
by the single quote before `jolly`:
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'tis the season to be 'jolly'
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<p>’tis the season to be ‘jolly’</p>
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Multiple apostrophes should not be marked as open/closing quotes.
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'We'll use Jane's boat and John's truck,' Jenna said.
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<p>Well use Janes boat and Johns truck,’ Jenna said.</p>
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An unmatched double quote will be interpreted as a
left double quote, to facilitate this style:
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"A paragraph with no closing quote.
"Second paragraph by same speaker, in fiction."
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<p>“A paragraph with no closing quote.</p>
<p>“Second paragraph by same speaker, in fiction.”</p>
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Quotes that are escaped come out as literal straight
quotes:
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\"This is not smart.\"
This isn\'t either.
5\'8\"
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<p>&quot;This is not smart.&quot;
This isn't either.
5'8&quot;</p>
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Two hyphens form an en-dash, three an em-dash.
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Some dashes: em---em
en--en
em --- em
en -- en
2--3
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<p>Some dashes: em—em
en–en
em — em
en – en
2–3</p>
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A sequence of more than three hyphens is
parsed as a sequence of em and/or en dashes,
with no hyphens. If possible, a homogeneous
sequence of dashes is used (so, 10 hyphens
= 5 en dashes, and 9 hyphens = 3 em dashes).
When a heterogeneous sequence must be used,
the em dashes come first, followed by the en
dashes, and as few en dashes as possible are
used (so, 7 hyphens = 2 em dashes an 1 en
dash).
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one-
two--
three---
four----
five-----
six------
seven-------
eight--------
nine---------
thirteen-------------.
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<p>one-
two–
three—
four––
five—–
six——
seven—––
eight––––
nine———
thirteen———––.</p>
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Hyphens can be escaped:
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Escaped hyphens: \-- \-\-\-.
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<p>Escaped hyphens: -- ---.</p>
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Three periods form an ellipsis:
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Ellipses...and...and....
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<p>Ellipses…and…and….</p>
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Periods can be escaped if ellipsis-formation
is not wanted:
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No ellipses\.\.\.
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<p>No ellipses...</p>
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