Last week I asserted that proper left/right quotation marks are essential, recommended KeyRemap4MacBook to fix the problem, and suggested option-S, -D, and -F as mappings for “, ”, and ’. Readers objected to all three and indeed, I was wrong about two of them.
Some felt I was unduly purist and pedantic, a punctuation jihadi; that those good ol’ mechanical-typewriter compromises " and ' are good enough. Those people are wrong. Modern typography is a highly-evolved combination of art and science, the end-point of centuries of refinement. It’d be insane to discard that accumulated wisdom to save a keystroke or two. Show your readers some respect and do the right thing.
On the other hand, as Smokey Ardisson [BTW, I recommend following that link] pointed out in the comments, KeyRemap4MacBook is massive overkill; it uses a kernel extension to allow all sorts of heroic multi-key remappings, way beyond what most people need.
All you need, it turns out, is a keyboard-mapping XML file, albeit a horribly complex and tricky one; but that’s OK because there are tools to help with the editing. The first one I tried was Ukelele and it worked.
Well, not quite first time. One thing the Ukelele docs (which are otherwise pretty good) don’t tell you is to pull down the “Keyboard” menu and give your shiny new keyboard a name you’ll recognize the endless list of input sources.
Finally, I’m switching the bindings. ’ is on option-' which is mnemonic, then “ and ” are on option-L and option-; respectively because they’re side-by-side and next to the ’. Works great.