I was fiddling with the Evans site this evening — adding a post about donations, etc — and came across this post, which made reference to the wp-Typography plugin. I installed it on the Evans site and had a look. I must say, I’m impressed.
It allows for hyphenation, for one thing; it also handles widows and orphans, something that I vaguely understand. More impressively — at least to me — it also handles “smart” quotes properly. Smartly, in fact.
This is a bugaboo of long standing for me; I find it irritating to see contractions like ‘tis starting with an opening single quote rather than a proper apostrophe. This plugin seems to solve it. (If “ ‘tis” is spelled right in this post, it’s thanks to the plugin.)
Pedantic? It sure is. But we all have our pet peeves, & for whatever reason, improper punctuation is one of mine. And I’m glad to have stumbled across a technological solution to the problem.
Update: I see from the notes on the theme I’m using that wp-Typography is in the Recommended Plugins list. I thought sounded vaguely familiar…