The question of whether to use “curly quotes” on Wikisource has come up again.
It is very easy to type “special” characters on Linux (i.e. those that aren’t printed on the keyboard). It’s called the Compose or Multi Key, and it’s brilliant.
First, enable it in ‘Keyboard settings > Advanced > Position of Compose Key’. I’ve got it set to
Left Win because I never use that for anything and it’s in a similar position to the key on Apple computers that serves a similar purpose (but whose name I cannot remember).
If the Left Win option is missing (as it seems to be on some Ubuntu installations), you just need to edit
/etc/default/keyboard and set:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
Wikisource has begun, at long last, to be able to produce export formats for its books. PDF and Epub have been made available in the last week or so, the first via the WMF-wide book creator tool (which has just started supporting the
<pages /> markup that is used on Wikisource to assemble transcribed books) and the second thanks to a script from Italy.