I’m presently doing some proprietary display fonts for an American company, and am considering making the <quoteleft> identical to the <quoteright>.
I figure that the quoteleft character will never get used—unless an app “smart-quotes” it for an apostrophe at the beginning of abbreviated words, in which case it should indeed look like an apostrophe.
Here’s the frequent fail that occurs with a previous font, that has the “correct” glyph.
What could possibly go wrong? And if it did, would that be worse than the present fail?