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I have issues rendering with LaTeX `Don't talk to me':

I have this title as bibliographic entry in Zotero (it starts exactly like that). LaTeX & Biber complain when I try to parse the .bib file with that entry. How could I correct the entry in Zotero to avoid problems by playing safe with encoding problems (but also to keep Zotero compatible with other apps)?

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In most fonts/encodings there is no difference between an apostrophe and a close quote, what difference do you want? – David Carlisle Aug 26 '13 at 11:16
Use csquotes? – You Aug 26 '13 at 11:21
Using csquotes would be a good logical indicator to use; separately, I think OP wants 'straight' quotes. – Sean Allred Aug 26 '13 at 11:35
@AndrewSwann To be precise, 0027 ' is everything you want it to be (aka “the typewriter apostrophe”): apostrophe, single quotation mark, arcminute, prime, etc. The 2019 apostrophe is typographically the correct one and it is also the closing single quotation mark in English. the ' is the " version of and (minus the apostrophe part). – Qrrbrbirlbel Aug 26 '13 at 11:55
If you are using biber, that means you are using biblatex, which means you could (perhaps even should) use title = {\mkbibquote{Don't talk to me}}, and sortttile = {Don't talk to me},. In English texts, it is important to nest quotation marks correctly, and biblatex knows how to do that if you 'code' your entries correctly. – jon Aug 26 '13 at 17:40
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The problem is likely that Zotero includes the left quote when building the cite key, so you're probably getting a Bibtex entry like:

series = {n/a},
title = {{`Don't} talk to me'},
volume = {1},
abstract = {Testing},
number = {2},
journal = {any},
author = {test, test},
month = jan,
year = {2003},
pages = {3}

So you need to work out a way to force the cite key to be something like @article{test_dont_2003,. This link provides details on how to control how Zotero builds a cite key: http://www.curiousjason.com/zoterotobibtex.html

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Yes, that's correct. I wrote a BibTex translator that solves most of my problems while exporting from Zotero into Latex. You find it here – Francesco Aug 27 '13 at 1:44

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