Smart quotes are commonly used punctuation marks in HTML and in writing. Knowing how to use them correctly can make a significant difference in the clarity and professionalism of your writing.

So in this article, you will get access to the commonly used quotation marks out there that you can copy and paste them into your articles, papers, and HTML.

It doesn’t end there. You will get access to the Unicode characters, HTML entities, and CSS entities of all the smart quotes. Make sure you check the end of this article so you can learn how to use the HTML and CSS entities and Unicode characters of the smart quotes.

Before showing you a table containing all the smart quotes, let's see how to use them in HTML and CSS first.

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How to Use Smart Quotes (Quotation Marks) in HTML and CSS

To use smart quotes in HTML and CSS, you need their Unicode characters. For instance, the Unicode for quotation marks is U+0022. So, to use it in HTML, strip out the U+ part, prepend the other letters or numbers with &#x, and end them with semicolon (;) like this:


That translates to this: "

In CSS, you need to strip out the U+ part again and replace them with a backslash (\). So this is how you'd use a quotation mark in CSS:


But there's a caveat to using Unicode characters in CSS. To make them visible on a web page, you need to create a pseudo-element and make the Unicode character the content:

element::after {
  content: '\0022';

Table of Smart Quotes, their Unicode Characters, HTML, and CSS Codes

The table below contains the quotation marks available for use in HTML and other writings:

Quotation Mark Name Symbol Unicode HTML Code CSS Code
Quotation Mark " U+0022 &#x0022 \0022
Single High Reversed Quotation Mark U+201B &#x201B \201B
Double High Reversed Quotation Mark U+201F &#x201F \201F
Full Width Quotation Mark U+FF02 &#xFF02 \FF02
Right Single Quotation Mark U+2019 &#x2019 \2019
Left Single Quotation Mark U+2018 &#x2018 \2018
Single Low Quotation Mark U+201A &#x201A \201A
Double Prime Quotation Mark U+301E &#x301E \301E
Reversed Double Prime Quotation Mark U+301D &#x301D \301D
Low Double Prime Quotation Mark U+301F &#x301F \301F
Right Double Quotation Mark U+201D &#x201D \201D
Left Double Quotation Mark U+201C &#x201C \201C
Double Low Quotation Mark U+201E &#x201E \201E
Double Low Reversed Quotation Mark U+2E42 &#x2E42 \2E42
Heavy Right Pointing Angle Quotation Mark Ornament U+276F &#x276F \276F
Heavy Left Pointing Angle Quotation Mark Ornament U+276E &#x27CE \27CE
Single Right Pointing Angle Quotation Mark U+203A &#x203A \203A
Single Left Pointing Angle Quotation Mark U+2039 &#x2039 \2039
Heavy Low Single Comma Quotation Mark Ornament U+275F &#x275F \275F
Heavy Single Comma Quotation Mark Ornament U+275C &#x275C \275C
Heavy Single Turned Comma Quotation Mark Ornament U+275B &#x275B \275B
Heavy Double Turned Comma Quotation Mark Ornament U+275D &#x275D \275D
Heavy Double Comma Quotation Mark Ornament U+275E &#x275E \275E
Right Pointing Double Angle Quotation Mark » U+00BB &#x00BB \00BB
Left Pointing Double Angle Quotation Mark « U+00AB &#x00AB \00AB
Full Width Apostrophe U+FF07 &#xFF07 \FF07

Note: if you have a Mac, you may not be able to see the "Double low revesed quotation mark" and the "Heavy low single comma quotation mark". Here's what they're supposed to look like:



I hope this article helps you learn about the smart quotes out there, and how to use them in your HTML and CSS files, and other writings.

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