I often paste article-sized text into Obsidian for editing, before moving it on to WordPress. It often originates in Microsoft Word or similar, which commit the crime of Smart Quotes. It’s best for me to use straight, normal quotes in WordPress, which can render them with curly flourish on the frontend all by itself.
So, I would like a way to convert smart/curly quotes (single and double, open and close) to straight quotes.
- Smart Typography Plugin a) does the opposite and b) functions upon typing.
- Existing plugin request also for the opposite direction (straight to smart).
I’m not about to resort to regex or Templater as this seems like complexity.
Other options involve using something outside of Obsidian…
eg. I recently installed a Mac helper app called Get Plain Text, which actually supports more than just removing formatting; it also allows for conversion of many character types, including smart quotes to straight.
You can set them up to your preference via the Services menu of macOS. That menu is typically available in two places: right-click contextual menu over doc text, and universally in the top menu bar.
Obsidian doesn’t seem to support the native Mac right-click contextual menu, so/but I can invoke this thing from the main system menu bar Services option, which is a bit slower and a context shift, but there we are. Oh, only problem is, it also messes up some of my Markdown formatting.
For all these reasons, it seems natural that a plugin or feature would exist inside Obsidian that could handle this.