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05-31-2010, 05:31 AM
Anyone familiar with Textile? It is a tool for textual format to XHMTL. It also convert quotes to smart quotes.

Two links which have an implementation are:

Textism (
Textile (

I find the first better, special for single quotes. I am thinking of a tool which converts XHTML to Textile ( format and then use it to convert backup to XHTML.

Now, if only I had time... :rofl:

Apparently there are Ruby scripts for it available. Redcloth and Clothred. I also find a site ( to convert HTML to Textile format.

05-31-2010, 08:29 AM
I see 'em failin' too easily ;)

Incorrectly oriented curly quotes are one of my pet peeves, and I always have to check them one by one (except when a single quote appears in the middle of a word, when I can safely assume it's an apostrophe).

05-31-2010, 10:32 AM
In this post ( I describe a regular expression which, if a fairly low prerequisites are satisfied, yields quite good results with "smartification". Note: The regexp may fail even when the prerequisites are satisfied, but those cases are quite unusual.