So, I'm a Mac user, and a little bit of a type nut (probably not compared to many users on here, though! :P)
I've been happily typing emdashes and curly-quotes on my keyboard for years, and years:
⌥⇧[ … you get the idea. Now, LaTeX has been pretty wonderful so far, but I've been studiously avoiding junk like
`` where just typing the damn Unicode character would work perfectly fine (Hon.m unicode-math!) … but I'm definitely getting the impression that that's going against the grain in this community, and I want to write what's perceived as clean, idiomatic code, so …
Is there any typesetting benefit or purpose to using
`` instead of
“, and similar LaTeX conventions, in the source-code to your LaTeX document?