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Re: [PATCH] Moved period before concluding quote.

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On Tue, 2021-05-25 at 10:12 -0600, Sumner Evans wrote:
> I think this is a supremely stupid rule in the English language

Yeah, I agree. As you said, with the period before the 
concluding quote, many would assume the period to be a part
of the button's text.

Fortunately, this rule doesn't always suck. It ends up 
working quite well when actually quoting other people. Any-
how, ignoring this rule in this case is probably wise.

Re: [PATCH] Moved period before concluding quote.

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On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 01:21:12AM +0900, Ajay Raghavan wrote:
> On Tue, 2021-05-25 at 10:12 -0600, Sumner Evans wrote:
> > I think this is a supremely stupid rule in the English language
> 
> Yeah, I agree. As you said, with the period before the 
> concluding quote, many would assume the period to be a part
> of the button's text.
> 
> Fortunately, this rule doesn't always suck. It ends up 
> working quite well when actually quoting other people. Any-
> how, ignoring this rule in this case is probably wise.

For those of you wondering about the context of this message, I forgot
to CC the mailing list (appologies!).

----- Forwarded message from Sumner Evans <me@sumnerevans.com> -----

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 09:32:08PM +0530, Ajay Raghavan wrote:
> Got the "rule" from https://www.grammarly.com/blog/quotation-marks/:
> 
> > Commas and periods always go inside the quotation marks in
> > American English; dashes, colons, and semicolons almost always
> > go outside the quotation marks; question marks and exclamation
> > marks sometimes go inside, sometimes stay outside.

I think this is a supremely stupid rule in the English language,
especially for when describing technical details. For example, the
button being described in this example would be *incorrectly* labeled in
the documentation if the period were inside the quotation. (The actual
button does not have a period in the label.)

I am glad to see that sourcehut is ignoring this rule (at least for
cases such as this) as it greatly increases clarity.

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