Another take on the English apostrophe in Unicode

David Starner prosfilaes at
Fri Jun 5 08:15:09 CDT 2015

On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM Leo Broukhis <leob at> wrote:

> I agree that conflating apostrophes and quotes is a source of
> problems, however, existence of the MODIFIER LETTER [same glyph as
> used for English contractions] in Unicode is a coincidence which
> should not have an effect on usage of apostrophes in English.

Coincidence or not, the Unicode Consortium is not going to allocate a new
code-point for the English apostrophe as long as MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE
exists. Any change is pretty unlikely, but changing to an existing
character is vastly more likely then creating a new one.
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