Re: Commas...

Subject: Re: Commas...
From: Kris Olberg <kjolberg -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 09:09:46 -0700

At 10:51 AM 9/14/96 -0400, you wrote:
>Can anyone advise, what is the current standard for using commas now, in
>technical and marketing communication? Do you include or omit a comma
>before the _and_ in a series?

I'm not aware of a standard (which doesn't mean that there isn't a
standard). In technical documentation, I use the serial comma to reduce
ambiguity. In marketing communication, I don't use it because I think that's
the trend.

>Also, someone recently said they learned in college to put two spaces
>after a period, preceding the next sentence. Is there a consensus on one
>or two spaces?

Historically, two spaces was used on monospace devices to emphasize the end
of a sentence. (White space is an amazing thing.) But today we use
proportionally spaced fonts. I don't use two spaces because I think the
white space is clumped differently.

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