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Smart Quotes


Smart quotes are a feature found in many popular word processing programs. They’re smart because they automatically insert open quotation marks at the beginning of a word and closed quotation marks at the end. Unfortunately, HTML is not smart enough for smart quotes since they aren’t plain ASCII, so if you have smart quotes in your code, you’ll end up with some strange characters on your web page. Be sure to have smart quotes turned off whenever writing HTML code.