----- Original Message -----
From: "Harry Ohlsen" <harryo / zip.com.au>
To: "ruby-talk ML" <ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: select and select



> (speaking of pedantry, I can never remember whether that period should be
> inside or outside the quote)

Inside the quotes inside the US;
outside the quotes outside the US.  :)

Gavin's correct on this issue, of course,
in that logic and history are on his
side. But American punctuation has
traditionally differed (except among
many hackers, who use the non-US form
for logic's sake).

As for me, I was saddled with a mother
who taught (American) English, so that
getting things "right" was almost a moral
imperative. Actually, sometimes I will
rephrase a sentence just to avoid
ending with a quoted word (much as I
will rephrase in order to avoid putting
a UNIX command at the front of a sentence
and deal with capitalization issues). :)

Of course, even Americans put punctuation
outside the quotes in many cases. The
semicolon, exclamation point, and question
mark always go outside unless there is a
specific reason to put them inside. Only
the comma and period are really the issue.

And I now I really WILL drop this topic
which is so boring to so many.

Hal