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    Keyboard apostrophe not recognised in HTML
    I'm learning the basics of HTML and am finding that the standard Apple keyboard apostrophe gets converted into something like this @. I am using TextEdit formatting in plain text. There is a cumbersome way round the problem by inserting the apostrophe from the special character set.

    There seems to be a similar problem with { and } for defining fonts but I haven't found a way round that.

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    What language do you have your Mac set to? Does this match the country it was bought in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwyn View Post
    I'm learning the basics of HTML and am finding that the standard Apple keyboard apostrophe gets converted into something like this @.
    I'm guessing that this has something to do with your keyboard layout. I say this because it works fine with a U.S. English keyboard layout, a layout I know is different from the U.K. one.

    Upon looking, I notice that there are two U.K. English keyboards. Have you tried the one layout that you aren't using (System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alwyn View Post
    I am using TextEdit formatting in plain text.
    Oh you brave soul. Look at using an editor designed for coding such as TextMate or Adobe's Edge Code (both free).
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    I'm going to guess you're not using your Apple keyboard or you have US english as the keyboard setting.

    On a UK Apple keyboard using British as the keyboard language all those symbols work fine. The apostrophe is on the same key as ". It's next to the \ key next to Enter. Where as @€ are on the number 2 key
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post

    Oh you brave soul. Look at using an editor designed for coding such as TextMate or Adobe's Edge Code (both free).
    Not brave, ignorant. I am told that, if I want to design a website myself, I should use Dreamweaver or similar but it looks expensive and it also looks as if it may not yet be compatible with Mavericks.

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    Dreamweaver is probably overkill, especially if you're just learning. Those code editors I mentioned are decent starts and may end up suiting your needs just fine. That said, there are many many code editors out there that are both free and more than sufficient for coding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Dreamweaver is probably overkill, especially if you're just learning. Those code editors I mentioned are decent starts and may end up suiting your needs just fine. That said, there are many many code editors out there that are both free and more than sufficient for coding.
    I understand that Snow Leopard had web-creation software called iWeb and that its equivalent is to be found in iCloud.

    Is my informant correct? If so where can I find it?

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    It last came as part of iLife 11 and it no longer has a current version, in iCloud or otherwise I'm afraid.

    It still works but no saying for how much longer.

    Have a look at everweb - there's a free trial
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    Could the character sequence you're seeing be "€™"? If so you have a character encoding error. This article, which helped me with a closely related issue, goes into pretty good detail.

    https://askleo.com/why_do_i_get_odd_..._my_documents/

    [eta] Short version: Try turning off smart quotes when writing code rather than natural-language prose or verse. If you want typographic quotation marks (and use the right single quotation mark as an apostrophe), set your document's character encoding to Unicode for the broadest compatibility and remember not to use curly quotes in HTML code, only in displayable text.

    Hope this helps!

    [edit] Arrrgh, I didn't notice how old this post was. Guess the problem has been resolved one way or another by now. Sorry to bump such an old thread.
    Last edited by Pony Pasture; 03-26-2015 at 06:49 PM.

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