My understanding was always that, to write quotation marks in Latex, one should write ` and ' (instead of ‘ and ’). Recently, however, I pasted ‘ and ’ into Overleaf (from Microsoft Word) and could not see any discernible difference.

Question: Does Overleaf automatically convert Word quotation marks into ` and '? Is there any reason for me to convert them?

  • you can use "real" quotes if it is easier to input for you. Both input methods work. Jun 22, 2022 at 11:12
  • I usually use straight "typewriter" quotes and have csquotes set them according to language and preferences. Using proper quotation marks directly works, too, of course.
    – Ingmar
    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:39
  • unicode - Fix all quotes in a document (pasted from another) - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange and symbols - What is the best way to use quotation mark glyphs? - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange confirms that using smart quote in input source code is "supported", but I've no idea where it's documented or if it's "official".
    – user202729
    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:47
  • As far as LaTeX is concerned, it's really just another Unicode character (which, unlike some others, have glyphs in practically all recent fonts. U+201C LEFT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK, U+201D RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK and U+201E DOUBLE LOW-9 QUOTATION MARK should cover just about all variations.
    – Ingmar
    Jun 22, 2022 at 12:02
  • Probably your "understanding" dates back to an earlier time. (pdf)latex didn't always support and without loading additional packages, but that changed some time back; I'm not sure of the exact date.
    – frabjous
    Jun 22, 2022 at 17:31


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