Re: International Punctuation

Subject: Re: International Punctuation
From: "Charlotte H. Jacobsen" <chjac -at- AMROSE -dot- SPO -dot- DK>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 11:47:49 +0200

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Burns [mailto:BillDB -at- ILE -dot- COM]
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 1998 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: International Punctuation

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
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
to separate main and sublevel entries.


We don't use colons to form possessives in Danish.

However, we use a full stop instead of a comma to divide thousands in
numbers. Example:

1.000 means one thousand

1,000 means one (exactly)


Charlotte H. Jacobsen
AMROSE A/S chjac -at- amrose -dot- spo -dot- dk
Forskerparken 10
+5230 Odense M Tel: +45 63 15 71 90
Denmark Fax: +45 63 15 61 71

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