I don't own a printer or have a word processor installed, so I am quite happy with pure ASCII.
Originally Posted by Mario F.
Of course, in most languages other than English that won't fly so well, but I still don't see a need to invoke unicode for solutions to "problems" like the quote or the minus sign/dash. These seem much, much less significant that the need for (eg) the accent circonflexe or something.
I've lived through typewriters, and no, they did not support multitudes of quotes and apostrophes. In fact today's keyboards are very similar.
Also, as far as ASCII goes, when it was developed during the mechanical limitations of teletypes - again, very limited character set at the time.
In HTML you have a better choice:
- nice apostrophe
- double quotes are like little 6s
- double quotes are like little 9s
- a proper dash instead of the shorter 'minus' sign
So these should be used in proper written style instead of the default stuff that comes straight from a keyboard.