I have had a post of mine edited, where words like doesn't and it's were replaced by doesn’t and it’s. The new apostrophe is not ' (the same button as ") and it is not ` (the same button as ~). I've looked on my keyboard for other characters that look like an apostrophe, but I could find any; the comma looks like it, but it is on the bottom of the line.

What character is it, and how is it typed?

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    I was wondering why somebody would ask about a charwoman, or a tea on meta. ;) (Those are two of the meaning of char, in British English.)
    – apaderno
    Dec 31, 2012 at 5:38

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It is Unicode Character 'RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK' (U+2019)

You can type them on a Mac by typing Shift+Option+] You can type them on Windows by typing Alt+0146

More details here

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    In SE answers, you can also use ’ along with other HTML entities.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Dec 30, 2012 at 18:15
  • It æworksÆ (just checking! :). So there you have it - that Alt/digits business doesn't work on my Windows XP system running Google Chrome. Dec 31, 2012 at 5:04
  • ... but ‘cut & paste’ works! (I “think”). Dec 31, 2012 at 5:11
  • @FumbleFingers: For the alt-num shortcuts, you need to type the numbers on the numeric keypad (for which you naturally have to have NumLock on). On a laptop without a full keyboard, this can be difficult, in which case there's always the Character Map utility. Or copy & paste, as you said.
    – Marthaª
    Dec 31, 2012 at 15:48
  • @Martha: As a programmer, I've used Alt + (tap out a number) for decades, but I've never noticed NumLock status being relevant. On my system, NumLock makes no difference whatsoever if I'm in, say, a simple text editor like Notepad. If I'm typing into an ELU input box then, for example, Alt/65 works normally and generates an A with NumLock off. But everything goes screwy in unpredictable ways throughout the Google Chrome browser if I have NumLock on. Dec 31, 2012 at 16:41
  • @FumbleFingers One problem with those Windoze numbers is that there is no possible mnemonic for them. A second problem is that it takes four keys instead of one. A third and fatalizing problem is that those are not even the Unicode numeric code points, which is just pure nuttery-buggery.
    – tchrist Mod
    Dec 31, 2012 at 21:56
  • @tchrist: A fourth problem (which probably doesn't affect many people other than myself) is that because you can only do it using the left Alt key, it's impossible to do it with only one hand. I've always done 99.9% of my typing using just two fingers of my right hand - but I just can't reach that far across. So I either have to drag the atrophied left arm/hand into play, or fiddle about for ages with the mouse and find something suitable for cut&paste. Dec 31, 2012 at 22:06
  • @tchrist: I believe the alt-num codes predate Unicode.
    – Marthaª
    Jan 2, 2013 at 18:24

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