Quasiquotation marks

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Tue Jun 10 07:39:51 CDT 2014

Aren't they just standard quotes with basic style ? (overstriking with
<del> or <s> in HTML)

How are they different to quoting multiple personalities, each one with
their own color (red, green, blue, black for the author, grey for side
remarks...) There are certainly lots of combinations to denote contexts of
quotations or add intended emphasis from an author, including changing
fonts (italics, bold; font size, character spacing, decorations,

Every possible style already working in documents can be used in such
combinations. But even in this case, it is possible to extract a part of it
that has a standard text meaning, even if its contextual usage is different
and carries additional semantics with these styles.

2014-06-10 13:51 GMT+02:00 Frédéric Grosshans <frederic.grosshans at gmail.com>

> This week’s shady character introduces quasiquotation marks, used in
> fanzines since at least 1944 for “in substance” quaotation. This mark is
> the superposition of " (or ') with -.
> http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2014/06/miscellany-49-quasiquote/
> This looks like a good candidate for unicode encoding, with many
> discussions in the linked blog posts and comment being about recreating it
> through rich text (word processor/CSS/TeX...).
> Frédéric
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