Awhile back, Chris had done a blog post and an article on MS Smart Quotes and how they don’t always necessarily translate globally. Besides being lost in translation, Smart Quote characters also have a tendency to break things, like RSS Feeds and guess what? It’s not just quotes and apostrophes that this applies to as MS Word will also apply a SQ type affect to hyphens as well, among other items. Here is a list of common MS SQ characters to avoid when writing articles, especially in your Title and Summary.
Copyright Symbols – ® ©
Use (c) or (r) instead
Words with é in them – decor, resume and others.
Just use a plain ole e, we won’t think less of you. This also goes for any other letters with the apostrophe-thingy (highly technical term there) over a letter.
Foreign Language Characters
Try and replace with the English equivalent.
ñ = n (Spanish tilde)
ü = u (German umlaut)
British Pound Symbols – £
Please use the word pound.
Fractions – ¼ ½ ¾
Replace with 1/4 1/2 3/4
The above are examples we see on a daily basis, but there are others.
Best way to avoid all of this is to make sure to transfer your MS Word written article to a Text Editor, clean any character formatting up and then copy/paste your article from there.
Or just write the whole article in your Text Editor (with spell check) and cut out the middle man. :-)