The problem with being opinionated about something is that it can be much harder to admit that you’re wrong.
For many years now I’ve bemoaned the use of
U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK to represent an apostrophe in text, when clearly the correct character is
U+0027 APOSTROPHE. The clue is right there in the name!
Except no, I’ve been wrong about it all this time. A colleague pointed out that I was wrong, and my immediate reaction was “I disagree with your assertion, [see here are the character names]”. However, the problem was that I hadn’t read the full text in the unicode standard.
Here’s the entry for
0027 APOSTROPHE = apostrophe-quote (1.0) = APL quote * neutral (vertical) glyph with mixed usage * 2019 is preferred for apostrophe * preferred characters in English for paired quotation marks are 2018 & 2019 * 05F3 is preferred for geresh when writing Hebrew x (modifier letter prime - 02B9) x (modifier letter apostrophe - 02BC) x (modifier letter vertical line - 02C8) x (combining acute accent - 0301) x (hebrew punctuation geresh - 05F3) x (prime - 2032) x (latin small letter saltillo - A78C)
and here’s the one for
U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK:
2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK = single comma quotation mark * this is the preferred character to use for apostrophe x (apostrophe - 0027) x (modifier letter apostrophe - 02BC) x (heavy single comma quotation mark ornament - 275C)
Within both of those, it very clearly states that
U+2019 is the preferred character to use for apostrophe.
So, I was wrong, and this post is an apology to those I have wronged over this matter in the past. Sorry!
Would be nice if they weren’t so confusingly named though!