Re: Comma splQuote Marks (Was: )

Subject: Re: Comma splQuote Marks (Was: )
From: Dot James <dot -at- HPOEMB05 -dot- SJ -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 1996 08:09:39 PST

> The sentence

> First select "Edit", and then select "Cut".

>is perfectly okay. I believe that likewise,

As a former English teacher, I do NOT find the above sentence "okay." As a
person now forced to dabble in tech editing (as a part of my contract job of
production word processor), I have run across this use of comma/period with
quotation marks. Is this, indeed, characteristic of technical writing? Or do
the period and comma belong within the quote marks, per formal writing? (I hope
for the latter; I hate to think that tech writing is also sloppy writing.)

Dot James in San Jose, CA "The secret of happiness is not doing
dot -at- hpoemb05 -dot- sj -dot- hp -dot- com what one likes to do, but in liking
dotjames -at- paladin-usa -dot- com what one has to do." -- Sir James Barrie

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