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Is there a workaround for the ugly backquote in the Arial font?

For example, running xelatex on the following:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Arial}

\begin{document}
Here's something ``quoted''.
\end{document}
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\setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX]{Arial} –  egreg Aug 31 '12 at 9:36
    
@egreg: Oops, just saw this after I posted an answer. If you'd like to post, I'll delete mine –  Brent.Longborough Aug 31 '12 at 9:42
    
@Brent.Longborough Don't worry: I wouldn't have added that capital final comment. :) –  egreg Aug 31 '12 at 9:48
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By default, fontspec doesn't activate the standard TeX quote ligatures, Try this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX]{Arial}
\begin{document}
Here's something ``quoted''.
\end{document}

Of course, some people might say that the 'ugly backquote' isn't the only thing about Arial that's ugly...

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Hey, if you say something is ugly you must recommend something better looking so that we can make the world a better looking place! Any particular sans serif font one ought to use instead of Arial? –  N.N. Aug 31 '12 at 10:26
    
@N.N. Well, if you insist on using sans serif for text, then perhaps Source Sans Pro, though beauty is in the eye of the beholder... –  Brent.Longborough Aug 31 '12 at 10:30
    
The German typographer Paul Renner did typeset a whole book about typography in his own sans serif Futura which doesn't look bad at all (though a bit too geometric for my taste). –  cgnieder Aug 31 '12 at 11:54
    
@cgnieder It really is a matter (mostly) of personal taste. My own feeling is that I've never seen a book set in sans-serif, however marvellous, that I haven't wondered 'I bet that would be even better in serif' –  Brent.Longborough Aug 31 '12 at 13:16
    
I admit my own feeling is very similar. However, it suits Paul Renner's book really well. But I guess he would do it differently nowadays. The book is from 1939 and he was certainly influenced by the Bauhaus at the time. –  cgnieder Aug 31 '12 at 13:24
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