Re: Punctuation in quotes -- American style

Subject: Re: Punctuation in quotes -- American style
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:19:32 -0700

When using quotes to indicate something the user types, I put punctuation
the user should not type outside the quotes.

That's one reason I don't like to use quotes for that. A more important one
is that when the user has to type quotes it can get very confusing. Also,
it's often nice if the user can just copy and paste the code.


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>wrote:

> American-style punctuation calls for periods and commas to appear inside
> quotation marks.
>
> No question on the general rule.
>
> The question is, are there circumstances where you would break that rule?
>
> For example, consider the following sentences:
>
> Set the value of the mode attribute to "titleBelow."
>
> Do not use the mode attribute when type="note."
>
> I'm still inclined to bring the punctuation inside the quote, thought that
> second one gives me pause, but I'm open to other interpretations and your
> thoughts on when this rule can/should be broken.
>
> Best Regards,
> Richard Hamilton
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