MultiMarkdown incorporates John Gruber’s SmartyPants tool in addition to the core Markdown functionality. This program converts “plain” punctuation into “smarter” typographic punctuation.
Just like the original, MultiMarkdown converts:
') into “curly” quotes
``this'') into “curly” quotes
---) into en- and em- dashes
...) become an ellipsis
MultiMarkdown also includes support for quotes styles other than English (the default). Use the
quotes language metadata to choose:
This feature is enabled by default, but is disabled in
compatibility mode, since it is not part of the original Markdown. You can also use the
nosmart command line options to control this feature.