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Curled quotation marks don’t look curled.

  • Left double quote: “: “ (looks identical to an uncurled quotation mark: ": ").
  • Right double quote: ”: ” (ditto).
  • Left single quote: ‘: ‘ (looks like a backtick or grave accent: `: `).
  • Right single quote: ’: ’ (looks like an uncurled apostrophe: ': ').

Of these, the left single quote is the worst offender. If it too looked like an uncurled apostrophe, we would simply have less than ideal typography. But since it looks like a backtick, it’s horribly ugly and actually hard to read.

This is new. I often use curled quotation marks, and I’ve never noticed this before. Something has changed.

  • Related: Why do smart quotes not appear as smart quotes in Christianity.SE, but they do in BH.SE? This doesn't directly explain why the left single quote would be coming out as a backtick, nor if something has changed recently. – Nathaniel Jul 11 '17 at 17:10
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    Because the font the designer saddled us with on graduation is terrible. – Caleb Jul 11 '17 at 17:38
  • They look good to me. Android chrome browser. – 3961 Jul 12 '17 at 2:35
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    @fredsbend The mobile site template doesn't use the same font. – Caleb Jul 12 '17 at 3:26
  • @Caleb Is there a way we can get the font changed? There are so many problems with this font, it was the first thing I noticed when I discovered this stack. – BlackThorn Jul 12 '17 at 22:43
  • @fredsbend Similarly, I'm on the app now, and it looks fine. – TRiG Jul 12 '17 at 23:37
  • Related: Can we have a font with better italics? The smart-quote thing is mentioned in comments on an answer at that question. – Andrew Leach Jul 26 '17 at 21:09

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