I write my posts in Word, mostly. Because Word, with its superb proofing tools, it single handedly the best tool for that. But I also use Markdown to store the posts and I publish from it, because Markdown is just a plain text. The finishing touches like code pasting and YAML editing I do in PSPad. Again, because it’s the editor I like and used since forever. However, I use typographer’s quotes in Word. Why wouldn’t it? And although I can leave these in the final text, I prefer to use straight quotes and let these be processed in Markdown to HTML transformation.
Fixing these is not difficult, but any (semi)manual work can and should be automated. Recently I decided to use conversion templates in PSPad. It’s there, declarative and I don’t need to manage anything else.
[Settings] ForwardName=Word to Text BackwardName=N/A ForwardIgnoreCase=0 BackWardIgnoreCase=0 ConversionStyle=chars [Chars] 8217=39 8220=34 8221=34 8211=45
The conversion table is just three (quotes only) lines in the
[Chars] section. Rest is just a boilerplate. Besides the quotes I’m also fixing the dash character (last line).