Automatic “smart quotes”

There are two types of quotation marks: “dumb quotes” and “smart quotes”. Also known as “straight quotes” and “curly quotes” respectively.

Dumb quotes look like this: ' and "

Smart quotes look like this: ‘’ and “”

Proper typography requires the use of smart quotes. Many writing apps, such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and Google Docs automatically convert dumb quotes to smart quotes. Webflow does not. To get the proper typography requires first writing content elsewhere and then pasting it into Webflow—or manually inserting smart quotes every time.

That is tedious. I would love if Webflow could include a setting to automatically convert dumb quotes to smart quotes in text blocks such as paragraphs and divs.

  • Peter Akkies
  • Apr 26 2020
  • Reviewed
  • Scotland Street Press commented
    6 Sep, 2021 01:11pm

    Please please do this! Utter nightmare. Working with a publishing company and having to manually change all the quotes is - a - nightmare.

  • Binge Press commented
    4 Jun, 2021 01:56am

    Is this still an issue?

  • Dwight Co commented
    20 Feb, 2021 04:38am


  • Paul Seymour commented
    27 Apr, 2020 04:14pm

    As a designer with an actual degree in design... yeah... I can't believe I have to manually insert real quotes. I guess it's helping my muscle memory to do it manually, though. But, for some typefaces it's really hard at small sizes to see if I'm getting the opening/closing marks right. So, yeah... this should just be there.

    But, FAR FAR worse, I now have to go in all the time and fix my clients CMS writing... I mean, come on... this is just standard. If I worked at Webflow, as a brand or product designer, I'd be flipping out about this oversight. TextEdit can do this.

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