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Turn on smart/curly quotes?


Level 2

Our team is currently on 6.3 and we're looking for a way to turn on "smart" or "curly" quotes for text either in the rich text editor or in a basic text input field.

Is there a setting to turn or plug-in that can be used to help us with this? We don't want to have to do a global find and replace because we may need the straight quotes in some instances.

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Level 10

I am not aware of any setting that will let you change your quotes from standard quotes to smart quotes. You may have to do a global find and replace.


Level 2

Thanks for the reply. That's unfortunate. Is there any settings that at least will convert them as you type?



Can't we enable the source editor in RTE and use the codes for the curly quotes like in (1) to complete the task ?

(1) : Curling Quotes in HTML, XML, and SGML


Level 2

That's definitely possible but not ideal. It would be very tedious and can't expect authors to know how (or care) to use the codes.

I did find this Gist for TinyMCE that might work:

And also a few links on the topic at this forum:

Other platforms use Smartypants or Typogrify, so surprised Adobe wouldn't have a solution since they're a "creative" company.



Another approach I think could work is make a custom RTE plugin which embeds html code for authors ease and they can press that plugin whenever they are authoring and want curly quotes

Sent from my iPhone


Level 2

That could certainly work but only if they click that button.

To take it a step farther, could the plugin automatically convert quotes as you type? Using regex, convert any quote/apostrophe that's next to a letter to curly, but if it's next to a number then leave it as straight.

With a little more searching, I did find a section in the Tinymce documentation about entity encoding which may be a possible solution:


Level 7


You can add the curly quote symbols/characters in your RTE by adding them under "misctools" of your RTE. Add the nodes under misctools as shown below:




   <specialCharsConfig jcr:primaryType="nt:unstructured">

      <chars jcr:primaryType="nt:unstructured">










You will be able to see the curly quotes under the misctool option now in the RTE and you can add it to your content as needed.


You can go through this guide for better understanding Configuring the Rich Text Editor .

Hope this helps!
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