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My apologies if this is off topic.

American and British writing have different punctuation styles. Is there any software that can change American style punctuation to British? I am referring to punctuation, not spelling. A simple example would be changing the American styled

"Hello," he said.

to what (I think is) the British styled

'Hello', he said.

I am not entirely certain about the particulars which is why I need this tool in the first place.

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The "British" style includes punctuation inside the quotes if it's part of the quoted phrase, so while conversion from "British" to "American" is trivial, it's lossy, making 100% accurate conversion from "American" to "British" impossible. –  Jon Hanna Feb 15 '13 at 17:25
    
It's also not really possible to define "British". I use double-quotes first because they don't get confused with apostrophes; and I was taught that at school. –  Andrew Leach Feb 15 '13 at 17:44
    
I have to edit a text that is a horrible jumble of what I consider American and what I consider British punctuation styles. All I really want is to make it consistent, one style or the other and I would like to do it automatically. Perhaps a general "punctuation corrector"? Pretty sure it won't exist but I thought I'd ask. –  terdon Feb 15 '13 at 17:47
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sed "s/,\"/\",/g" –  Mitch Feb 15 '13 at 18:04
    
I sent this to Writers.SE because I think they can help you there. –  KitFox Feb 15 '13 at 18:48
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