Re: Single vs double quotes? (take II)

Subject: Re: Single vs double quotes? (take II)
From: Grail <talthane -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 09:17:08 +0100

It's the fact that the brackets aren't contained within a sentence that would be objected to, at least in my sort of circle. I was always taught that parentheses can't be independent like they are in my example (not without some kind of text around them to give meaning). (This sentence doesn't need brackets, for example - it may be an 'afterthought' but it can survive on its own without the brackets.)

As far as questions of grammar being discussed (or not) on the list ("ensure or insure...why do niggling grammar threads go on the longest?"), for me it's not niggling when it comes down to differences of internationalisation. I wouldn't particularly want to write a manual for a primarily US-based market knowing I'd be distracting a lot of Americans with what looked like wrong punctuation/grammar, disrupting their reading rhythm. On the other hand, if I was writing something exclusively for Commonwealth countries like the UK, Australia and Canada, I wouldn't need to decide about things like color, center, defence, aesthetic, and travelling.

It's always good to, like, know stuff. :-)

PS: The "ensure or insure" thing...if anyone's writing a financial services manual that could be the key to a major error if not absolutely correct throughout....

Hart, Geoff wrote:

<< (So is the American English practice of including an entire sentence in
brackets, like this.)>>

That's not inherently wrong in any dialect of English that I'm familiar
with. It's a matter of style, and some style guides certainly consider
longwinded parenthetical statements awkward or wrong. So if you're editing
to follow one of those style guides, then yes, you'd be well-advised to
remove the brackets.

Your monthly sponsorship message here reaches more than
5000 technical writers, providing 2,500,000+ monthly impressions.
Contact Eric (ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com) for details and availability.

Check out RoboDemo for tutorials! It makes creating full-motion software
demonstrations and other onscreen support materials easy and intuitive.
Need RoboHelp? Save $100 on RoboHelp Office in May with our mail-in rebate.
Go to
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Single vs double quotes? (take II): From: Hart, Geoff

Previous by Author: Re: Single vs double quotes?
Next by Author: Slashdot is most definitely not a "myth."
Previous by Thread: Single vs double quotes? (take II)
Next by Thread: RE: Single vs double quotes? (take II)

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads