Period/comma then close quote, or vice versa?

Subject: Period/comma then close quote, or vice versa?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 05:48:31 -0400

I don't need to be told how many people don't
care about this, but...

The Chicago Manual of Style advises that although American
style puts commas and periods before closing quotation
marks, in computer-related writing the sequence may be
reversed for the sake of clarity. (That is, "Type 'GO'."
instead of "Type 'GO.'" if the period isn't to be typed.)

Does anyone have a well-founded general impression of
current common American practice in computer-related
writing? Where are most computer-related American companies
putting the period when the period is not part of the source
being quoted? Inside the quotation marks anyway? Outside?
Usually inside, but outside if there's a problem to avoid?
Or are they dodging the issue-- by rewriting, setting the
quoted material outside the sentence, etc.?

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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