At 10:01 AM -0400 7/24/01, Geoffrey Duke wrote:
>PS. Is there any consensus about the disambiguation of code and correct
>punctuation? My last line should have been '12hjbjla.doc.' The punctuation
>goes inside the quotation marks. But that could lead to misreading. Any
Well, I didn't think Advocats was the place for discussing English
usage, but since this issue is one that still puts traditionalist and
rationalists at odds, I will quote from the alt.english.usage FAQ
(which I keep on my hard disk for quick reference):
", vs ,"
According to William F. Phillips ([log in to unmask]), in the days
when printing used raised bits of metal, "." and "," were the most
delicate, and were in danger of damage (the face of the piece of type
might break off from the body, or be bent or dented from above) if
they had a '"' on one side and a blank space on the other. Hence the
convention arose of always using '."' and ',"' rather than '".' and
'",', regardless of logic.
Fowler was a strong advocate of logical placement of punctuation
marks, i.e. only placing them inside the quotation marks if they were
part of the quoted matter. This scheme has gained ground, and is
especially popular among computer users, and others who wish to make
clear exactly what is and what is not being quoted. Logical placement
is accepted by many more publishers outside than inside the U.S.
Some people insist that '."' and ',"' LOOK better, but Fowler
calls them "really mere conservatives, masquerading only as