Source Serif Pro seems to use two different apostrophes, the one shown on the Adobe fonts website, and then the one that appears after I download the font and begin typing. Can anyone confirm which apostrophe is the correct one?
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Hello – The top mark is an apostrophe, the bottom mark is a prime mark. I hope this helps.
The only workaround I've found so far is to open Font Book (I use Mac), navigate to the Repertoire view mode, and drag and drop the correct apostrophe (Glyph 485) into my document. When I try to type the apostrophe using the keyboard I get the incorrect symbol (Glyph 488).
Using Unicode Hex Input doesn't work, just the drag and drop from Font Book works. I've deactivated the font, then reactivated it, but that didn't change anything either.
Source Serif contains various following apostrophe-like glyphs:
U+0027 (') APOSTROPHE
U+2018 (‘) LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK
U+2019 (’) RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK
U+2032 (′) PRIME
Which one of these you’ll see depends a lot on your keyboard layout, typing habits, and software.
Assuming a US keyboard, typing the apostrophe key may produce a straight quote (also known as “dumb quote” – typographically not preferable).
Some applications will convert straight quotes to curly quotes automatically (e.g. InDesign’s “Typographer’s Quotes” setting).
If you want full control over your quotes, enter the characters deliberately – to type ‘this’, I use
option-] for the left quote, and
option-shift-] for the right quote (US keyboard layout).
other bits of information:
- the straight quote is virtually never used in typography, its presence and simplified shape is a holdover from the typewriter era.
- the prime symbol is used for specifying feet and inch, hours and minutes, etc.
- please also note that the latest version of Source Serif is Source Serif 4.