I'm using the sffms package to typeset a book manuscript (using the version of the package shipped with TexLive 2013 on a Mac). I want to output both double and single quotes so they are "dumb" or straight quotes, rather than the typographic quotes normally output by LaTeX. sffms has a "dumb" option to output straight quotes, but it only affects double quotes, not single quotes.

I found a suggestion on how to get sffms to also output straight single quotes, by adding this to the preamble of my document:


As far as I can tell, this overrides an rquote and lquote macro that is defined in the file sffdumb.sty file that is part of the sffms package.

However, it did not work for me. pdflatex output the following error:

! LaTeX Error: Encoding scheme `TS1' unknown.

Is there a way to get straight single quotes with the sffms package?

I added \usepackage{textcomp} to the preamble, which does the job, but this error was generated when building the PDF:

! Undefined control sequence.
\actrq ->\futurelet \next 
l.54 ...See the documentation for details\@gobble}
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    Add \usepackage{textcomp}. – egreg Aug 8 '14 at 9:25
  • @egreg: Thanks! That sort of worked, but generated a new error—I updated my question to note that. – mipadi Aug 9 '14 at 6:38

Redefine in a more sensible way the active characters:


% undefine the single quotes
\let'\relax \let`\relax


% redefine them in a more sensible way

\author{B C}


"dumb" 'dumb' ``dumb'' `dumb'


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\author{H. G. Wells}
\address{47 The High Street\\ Bromley, Kent}
\title{The Country of the Blind}

foo \lquote bar\rquote\ 'baz'


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or without the option [courier]:

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