Tiki17 includes a typographic prettifier that translates plain punctuation into smart typographic punctuation characters. The typographic prettifier will also automatically change normal spaces for no-break spaces in some instances to avoid awkward line breaks. This feature is provided by including PHP SmartyPants.
These features are enabled by default but can be toggled on or off from the General Settings tab of the Editing and Plugins control panel if for some reason they aren’t appropriate for your site. Typical example: when you use wiki pages as Smarty template resources for PluginTrackerlist and it contains double or single quotes it can break parsing the TPL with a parse error.
') are converted into “curly” quotes.
Also, inside words written using the Hebrew alphabet, a straight apostrophe or double quote character will become a proper Geresh or Gershayim character.
Backtick-style quotes (
``like this'') become “curly” quotes. This also enables approximative guillemets (
<) and low double quotes using a double comma (
This option is not enabled by default. Also, in some instances were a double apostrophe is used, it can be ambiguous with the wiki syntax. In case of ambiguity, the wiki syntax takes precedence and you might lose your quotes.
--) becomes an em-dash: —
Note that to avoid ambiguity with the strikethrough wiki syntax, double hyphens should have a space on both side.
...) become an ellipsis character…
The default configuration will never insert or remove a space. It will only replace existing spaces with no-break spaces in the following instances:
- before a colon_:
- before a semi-colon_;
- before an exclamation mark_! or a question mark_? (also work for ¡_inverted_! marks)
- inside «_french guillemets_» (but will no-break spaces for »german« or »finish» quotes)
- as a thousand separator: 100_000
- between a recognized unit symbol and its numeric value 12_kg 10_$
The no-break space is represented with _ to make it visible in the examples above. In reality you will see a normal space.
He is 5\' 8\" tall.
'Twas the night before Christmas.
Here the typographic prettifier will curl the quote the wrong way — as an opening single quote while in reality it should be an apostrophe indicating the contraction. In cases like this, you will need to insert the correct curly quote manually.
In that file, you can specify which smart quote characters to use for this particular language.
You can also refine more precisely the spacing rules for each of the cases above: use
2to force a space to be inserted if not present (won’t work for the thousand separator though), or use
-1to force-remove the space if one is present.
It is also possible to change the smart space character to use for each punctuation mark independently. So if you want to use a half-space before the colon, you can. Although beware of font and browser support if you use non-mainstream space characters.