RE: define 'comma'?

Subject: RE: define 'comma'?
From: "Mason, Catheryn" <CMason -at- INFINITEC-COM -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 09:18:25 -0600

I would err on the side of caution and include a comma in brackets after the
word "comma." One of our field techs suggested that I do this for
"ellipsis," and I think it was a good suggestion ["an ellipsis ( ... )
following a menu item indicates that additional sub-menus are available"].
A comma is a more common term, but still, I'd use the word and the mark --
i.e., "separated by a comma ( , )."

Jane asked:
In a manual, where name_pairs are separated by a comma, is it
appropriate to
include a comma in brackets after the word 'comma'?

Like this:

The name_pairs are separated by a comma ( , ).

Catheryn Mason, Technical Writer
Infinitec Communications
cmason -at- infinitec-com -dot- com
Winner, 1999 IABC Bronze Quill Award of Excellence for Technical Writing

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