Re: International Punctuation

Subject: Re: International Punctuation
From: Bill Burns <BillDB -at- ILE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 08:42:12 -0600

Kirk asks:

> I have a punctuation question that involves
> international readers. Does anyone know if different
> cultures use either different punctuation marks than do
> American English speakers or if any cultures use "standard
> American punctuation marks" differently than American
> English speakers do?
Yep. The most notable have been mentioned. Rules for hyphenation also vary
considerably. As I understand, some languages (Finnish and Danish?) use
colons to form possessives. This creates an interesting issue for help
developers creating multi-level indices if they use colons instead of commas
to separate main and sublevel entries.

Bill Burns
Eccentric Technology Consultant
ILE Corp
billdb -at- ile -dot- com

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