Re: alternative to typo

Subject: Re: alternative to typo
From: Fox Cole <foxcole -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:53:01 -0500

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 1:00 AM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>

While we are at it, what's the correct way to punctuate that use of
> quote marke? I remember having been taught that it should be:
> How about, "Entering an erroneous command may render the unit
> unresponsive?"
> which has always struck me as a bone-headed rule.

Whoever taught you that didn't understand punctuation very thoroughly.
Sometimes it's correct and appropriate to put the punctuation outside the
quotes. In your example, the quoted text isn't a question, but you are
asking a question around the quoted text. (It's accepted that the
punctuation goes inside the quotes when the punctuation is part of the
quote. See the Chicago Manual of Style 15 ed., paragraph 6.9.) So, I'd have

How about "Entering an erroneous command may render the unit unresponsive"?


ComponentOne Doc-To-Help 2009 is your all-in-one authoring and publishing
solution. Author in Doc-To-Help's XML-based editor, Microsoft Word or
HTML and publish to the Web, Help systems or printed manuals.

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:

Previous by Author: Re: Contract work regulations in Massachusetts
Next by Author: RE: Another grammar gotcha
Previous by Thread: RE: what's this called
Next by Thread: Prompts to change templates -- can you stop them?

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

Sponsored Ads