# Which quote for truncated year number?

Which is the correct single quote to use to show a truncated year number? In the example below is it (first), (second) or (third)?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\begin{document}

First: from '98 to '07

Second: from 98 to 07

Third: from \textquotesingle 98 to \textquotesingle 07

\end{document}


In the typographic rules, at least for Italian, it is not clear. I prefer (third) but it is not very "typographic", someone said.

• What's the name of the effect or font of numbers that go outside, underneath, the text-line? – nilon Jun 23 '16 at 3:01
• Subscript? BTW, which is the relationship with the question? – SiliconValley Jun 24 '16 at 3:39
• I actually looked up truncated numbers that go below the line. The answer? In Graphic Design SE: georgia. The word "truncated" awakened this interest of mine. That's all. People writing numbers might find (it's just my hunch) this typography interesting. – nilon Jun 24 '16 at 4:15
• Ah! Now understand. They are called old style figures. Check: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/41095/… – SiliconValley Jul 5 '16 at 7:28

Since it's an omission, the normal apostrophe ' should be used.

First: from '98 to '07


However, some style manuals (such as the Oxford Style Manual) advocates not truncating a year in numerical form.

As per Butterick's Practical Typography, it is called apostrophe and it should be curly, like a single closing quote.