In the following MWE relying on csquotes, " is used as quote which prints outer quotation marks, with French guillemets for the output.



\item Proper French guillemets: "Foo", \textbf{"Foo"}.
\item (Un)Proper French guillemets: \href{https://foo.org}{"Foo"}.

When processed with xelatex, it gives the expected result:

— Proper French guillemets : « Foo », « Foo ».

— (Un)Proper French guillemets : « Foo ».

But, when processed with pdflatex or lualatex, it gives an unexpected result:

— Proper French guillemets : « Foo », « Foo ».

— (Un)Proper French guillemets : "Foo".

Do you understand what's going on?

(This trouble is encountered with an up to date TeX Live 2023:

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1 Answer 1


Well you can try to remove \Hy@safe@activestrue from \hyper@chars. As nowadays almost all active characters are protected, it is probably not needed.

But be aware that you won't get the right quotes in the bookmarks. And personally I wouldn't use " for quotes (it would e.g. clash with the german shorthands). See also https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/472729/2388


  %  \Hy@safe@activestrue

\item Proper French guillemets: "Foo", \textbf{"Foo"}.
\item (Un)Proper French guillemets: \href{https://foo.org}{"Foo"}.  



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