The quotes in the title are different: the first is one character, and the second is composed of two characters.

On a Windows machine, depending on the program I'm using, pressing 'shift + quotation key' gives either a specialized double quote (open quotes or close quotes) or a generic ", which is one character consisting of two little lines.

In TeXnicCenter, I can configure settings so that I get open quotes


or close quotes

' '

which are two characters, side by side, depending on context. This is appropriate for LaTeX use.

However, when using Asymptote, strings are entered between " marks. I can't use '', which is two separate characters. I can reconfigure TeXnicCenter to give those marks, but it is a pain to switch back and forth.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to give me the " symbol? It seems that this symbol is the U+0022 symbol, but I don't know how to use that to my benefit.

  • I don't know anything about TeXnicCenter, but most editors let you add keyboard shortcuts in various ways. – cfr Dec 4 '16 at 22:51
  • In Emacs, C-q " overrides the automated `` and '' and gives you a plain ASCII double-quote. Not much use, as you're using TeXnicCenter, I'm afraid, but you're asking the right question, and something like this must surely exist in any decent editor. – Peter Flynn Dec 4 '16 at 22:53
  • What is Asymptote? – Vicent Jan 8 '17 at 20:35

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