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Star Trek: Data's Contractions
Do you think the reason why Data in Star Trek can't use contractions is because his output processor isn't properly escaping the apostrophe?

// Error
$this->_flashMessenger->addMessage('I can't say this because the apostrophe wasn't escaped.');

// Success
$this->_flashMessenger->addMessage('I cannot say this because the apostrophe was not escaped.');

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mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: October 2nd, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
technical writers who use Word have a similar fate because Word converts "normal" single and double-quotes into the prettier, slanted ones that no compiler recognizes.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 3rd, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. Relatedly, that also happens when writing code samples in Outlook then trying to copy-paste them out. Also, the auto-capitalization of words where it thinks sentences begin.

Ya know, I should turn both of those off. It's not like they add anything I need.
heartirony From: heartirony Date: October 3rd, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Data did use a few contractions in the first few episodes of the first season, so the bug must have cropped up in an update.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 6th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Makes me wonder if his use of them, and his subsequent non-use, occurred after one of his episodes of being hacked, subverted, or emotionalized. Curious...
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