May 26, 2018

Perl module to markup ASCII text with correct typography for HTML

This module is a thin wrapper for John Gruber’s SmartyPants plugin for various CMSs.

SmartyPants is a web publishing utility that translates plain ASCII punctuation characters into “smart” typographic punctuation HTML entities. SmartyPants can perform the following transformations

  • Straight quotes “ and ‘ into “curly” quote HTML entities
  • Backticks-style quotes ``like this’’ into “curly” quote HTML entities
  • Dashes – and — into en- and em-dash entities
  • Three consecutive dots … into an ellipsis entity

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