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Old 01-25-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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I've almost finished setting a book by an American author – just down to the last few proof corrections.

The book is to be published by a UK publisher. It has UK spelling. It has UK punctuation.

The author has now decided that, while Americans will cope with the spelling and punctuation, they will object to the use of single quote marks for speech. He wants them all changed to double quote marks.

I told the publisher that it would have to be proofread again as there's no simple way of globally changing single to double quotes - apart from the problem of apostrophes it will cause repagination.

Anyway, it set me to wondering. Would Americans really object to single quotes?


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