By John Gruber
Flatfile: Never format messy spreadsheets again.
Remember my instructions for generating smart quotes in Movable Type using Brad Choate’s MTPerlScript plug-in? Forget about that. I’ve got something better now.
Introducing SmartyPants, a free plug-in for Movable Type (version 2.5 or later).
SmartyPants is much improved over my previous MTPerlScript-based solution. New features:
Much easier to use and install. It’s just a simple plug-in, and it can be invoked from templates like so:
Smarter algorithm, fixing several cases where quotes were curled in the wrong direction.
Now supports ``backticks'' -style quotes and smart ellipses.
Ignores content inside <pre> and <code> tags.
Details, download, and documentation are all available on the SmartyPants project page.
If you’re currently using my previous smart quotes solution, I highly recommend you switch to SmartyPants. It’s easier, more accurate, faster, and offers you more control over which transformations occur when you publish articles.