[XeTeX] Whoever said quotation-marks are unimportant?
wspr81 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 07:39:32 CEST 2008
Starting to ramble now...
On 28/07/2008, at 2:01 PM, Andrew Moschou wrote:
> But I would write:
> 'HAL said, "Good morning, Dave.".', recalled Frank.
I can't agree more with endorsing this "ad hoc" style that is much
more logically consistent than moving the punctuation inside the
quotation. Although perhaps a little over-enthusiastic with the stops :)
As an argument against that many full stops, I'd point to the fact
that there wasn't even such a thing as the full stop in the early days
of written Latin (and other languages?), where they wrote in caps and
knew when sentences ended by the placement of the verb.
Obviously, that wouldn't work for English :) but I like to think of
full stops as indicators of the end of sentences when it's otherwise
not clear. In your case above "Good morning, Dave." is clearly a
single unit so the full stop, while not incorrect logically, is a
The other reason is that we don't want to fill up the page with lots
of little marks. It's a bit busy, typographically. Which is the
primary reason I like to use single quote marks as much as possible;
"`good morning'" is less intrusive than "``good morning''". The one
exception is in ascii, where I can't get out of the habit of using
Any scheme anyone chooses to use should be consistent first, pleasing
to them second, and "correct to the standards" third. In my opinion :)
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