Inches or Quotation Marks

This is a success story. As a veteran graphic designer and typographer, it irks me to see the use of symbols for inches and feet being confused with quotation marks and apostrophes. One day, I noticed that on the weather portion of a network television broadcast the display used curly quotes when describing inches of rain. After the broadcast, I took the time to send an email to call their attention to this mistake. I also pointed out that they were the only station that had it wrong. Although the station did not reply to my comment, the weather graphics were changed, as I had suggested. That’s one for the good guys!

Inches vs. Quotation Marks


About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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5 Responses to Inches or Quotation Marks

  1. Grandma says:

    good job!

  2. I learned something new today 🙂

  3. Brilliant post. It made me pull out my Typography 13: The Annual of the Type Directors Club (yes, covered in dust). And then it hit me… Inches (“), Feet (‘), Apostrophe (‘) and Quote (“) are all font sensitive. #sonofabitch

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