[PD] [folder] external?

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Fri Jun 25 02:44:25 CEST 2010

On Thu, 24 Jun 2010, Kim Cascone wrote:

> true, British rules say the "comma", follows the quotations while 
> American rules states the "comma," stays tucked inside same for 
> periods/end of sentences

You know, I didn't really remember which was which : I use the one I use 
because it's the standard in French. The US invented the other one because 
it's different from whatever the UK chose. I wouldn't know about how it is 
here because I don't read the news in English, but I'd guess it's an 
unequal blend of UK and US style, simply because many other things are. 
In north-american French, people stick Very Much to the French standard 
for those rules of punctuation order (but for the rules of 
punctuation spacing, however, the game is entirely différent).

> He was so excited by his discovery of the [foo] external he exclaimed 
> "w00t!."
> in this case the period follows the exclamation mark inside the 
> quotations but not sure if this is correct...

I would *definitely* write it like :

   He was so excited by his discovery of the [foo] external he exclaimed

Because the period ends the whole sentence and not the inside of the 
quote. You can distinguish whichever punctuation order I pick because it's 
easy to write down in a recursive parser and happens all over programming 
languages (though that's really not why I came to prefer it ; that's 
simply because it's used all over in the French language).

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