One should quote with `` and '', for example


will produce


with the correct glyphs, that is the glyphs on the left are a rotation of 180° of the glyphs on the right.

Unfortunately, in some fonts (I am using mathpazo) the glyphs for left and right marks are too similar, and they actually look the same, especially when printed with non high quality printers, for example here:

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Is it possible to use a different glyph on the left? I would really like to have something similar to this:

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where it is a lot more clear where the quote starts and ends.

  • Are you afraid not to be able to know if you're reading the beginning of the end of the quote? ;_J
    – Bernard
    Aug 24 '16 at 11:25
  • I am afraid that my supervisor will complain again that he is not ;)
    – dadexix86
    Aug 24 '16 at 11:43
  • Does he (maybe she?) supervise from left to right of from right to left? ;o)
    – Bernard
    Aug 24 '16 at 12:16
  • If you don't like the design of Palatino (by Hermann Zapf, one of the greatest font designer in the 20th century), use a different font.
    – egreg
    Aug 24 '16 at 13:29
  • @egreg I love palatino, but my supervisor doesn't like/want these quotes...
    – dadexix86
    Aug 24 '16 at 13:32


Here is a \lQ test\rQ{}

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or this:

Here is a \lQ test''

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Trust the font designer.

  • The second is perfect! :D I do trust the font designer, but I have to modify the gliph from the standard because of a request from my supervisor :(
    – dadexix86
    Aug 24 '16 at 11:48
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    @dadexix86 You are bringing back nightmares. I had the same argument with my editor because she did not like the Palatino quotes, which are similar. So she insisted upon changing the whole document to Times. Argghh! 8^0 Aug 24 '16 at 11:50
  • Well, fortunately you were here to save my a** from long and fruitless discussions! ;)
    – dadexix86
    Aug 24 '16 at 12:36
  • @dadexix86 You might enjoy the intro and part 2 of my answer at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/166418/…, as to what came of that editorial disagreement. Aug 24 '16 at 12:43
  • Oh gosh, that is so crazy! :S
    – dadexix86
    Aug 24 '16 at 12:51

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