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Smart Quotes Have Problems but Users Can't Turn them Off

Charles Jenkins


Evernote surely relies on Apple's Cocoa Text System for things like smart quotes and dashes, etc. But the Cocoa Text System doesn't always get it right, and sometimes quotes curl the wrong way. Fixing them in Evernote is quite a battle, because as you change one, a preceding one may change automatically. Also, if you are a programmer and paste in program snippets for future use, Evernote introduces errors by curling quotes automatically even though they should just be left alone.


Typically programs allow users to turn off substitutions like smart quotes, but the Evernote mac client currently does not. Please add the ability to disable Smart Quotes.

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This can be disabled in the OS:



Go to System Preferences->Keyboard->Text and uncheck 'Use smart quotes and dashes'.




That advice will help some users. But if you're a writer, you may want smart quotes in other programs where they work right, so disabling them system-wide to overcome Evernote bugs is not as good a solution as Evernote adding the option to disable them in the program.

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