(I’m using the Mac version of Scrivener, v 2.2)
I talked once before about importing from Word. Whenever I import a doc, I convert it to the default formatting, then I change the quotes to ‘Smart Quotes’. What are Smart Quotes? (and why do I convert to em?)
Well, quotes are quotes. They look like this: (single) ‘ (double) ”
When you’re typing, especially in a word processor like Word (or Scrivener), the program tends to convert your quotes into what we call a ‘curly q quote’. Why? Because they look prettier and can be easier to read on the screen. But if you’ve ever written something in a word processor and tried, for example, to copy/paste that into your blog, your quotes (and apostrophes) don’t show up correctly. This is because the curly q quote isn’t ‘real’ text and the browser can’t reproduce them (so you get a string of odd characters).
Importing your document into Scrivener, it’s converted into an RTF and those curly q quotes tend to go away (this has been my experience, anyway).
Why do I convert them? It’s not really about like or dislike of curly q quotes – it’s about consistency. Any new quotes I type will be curly q (because that’s the default setting for all my new projects), so it distracts me to have some curly q quotes and some straight. The curly q (smart quotes) look prettier, so I just convert them all over and move on.
Doing so is simple. After you import your doc, click somewhere inside of it. Next, click Format – Convert – Quotes to Smart Quotes. Depending on the size of the document, this could take a second or a minute.
When it’s done, your quotes will be ‘smart’.
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