Re: U.S. vs. British Quotes

Subject: Re: U.S. vs. British Quotes
From: "David M. Brown" <dmbrown -at- BROWN-INC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 10:33:48 -0700

Thomas Quine wrote:
> The disadvantage to British punctuation is mainly typographical.
> Punctuation looks a little awkward hanging outside the quotes.

I think the quotation mark looks a bit awkward hanging outside the
period or comma, too.

In what little print work I do nowadays, I "stack" the period or comma
and the quotation mark, so that each is placed exactly as it would be if
the other were absent. It takes a little extra effort, but it looks
much better to me than either of these alternatives:

Type "test." /* If the period were *supposed* to be typed,
Type "test". /* I'd set it as in the first example.

I've never heard a single complaint from a client or reader about the
stacked punctuation. It makes me wonder why none of the "expert" font
sets seem to include such a ligature.


David M. Brown -- Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
See our web site for news about HTML Indexer, the easiest way to
create and maintain indexes for web sites and other HTML documents.

From ??? -at- ??? Sun Jan 00 00:00:00 0000=

Previous by Author: Re: U.S. vs Global Punctuation
Next by Author: Re: FAQ document
Previous by Thread: U.S. vs. British Quotes
Next by Thread: Re: U.S. vs. British Quotes

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads