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a free web publishing plug-in for Movable Type, Blosxom, and BBEdit.

SmartyPants is a free web publishing plug-in for Movable Type, Blosxom, and BBEdit that easily translates plain ASCII punctuation characters into smart typographic punctuation HTML entities. SmartyPants can perform the following transformations:

  • Straight quotes into curly quote HTML entities
  • Backticks-style quotes into curly quote HTML entities
  • Dashes into en- and em-dash entities
  • Three consecutive dots into an ellipsis entity



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Kelly Hopkins

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4 May 2009

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John Gruber Maintainer

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