When I chat with people on the Internet, especially with people who don’t know me, they often ask me why I type the letter
ß so often. Sometimes they asked me if I’m German. I then have to write a lengthy explanation why, which is always very funny, but this came up so often that I’m just going to write a post here so that I don’t have to write about it again.
I type on an English keyboard on a Mac. As a designer, I prefer to type in typographically correct curly quotes — so I would press
Shift-Option-] to get this character:
’ instead of using
' which is the incorrect apostrophe, typographically speaking.
And since I type so quickly (120-140 wpm baby), sometimes when I am tired, I would miss some keys, and when any of my fingers have simply left the Option key still being pressed down while pressing the letter
s for the second letter in the
’s combination, the keystroke
Option-S will render that keyboard combination as the character
If you’re not familiar with typography and typography on the Mac, here’s a good primer that I send to everyone who’s not a designer: Typography for Lawyers: Straight and Curly Quotes. It will explain in a non-designer friendly way why it is important to me.
That is all.