Re: Bug#428195: krb5: [debconf_rewrite] Debconf templates review
[OT for krb5]
MJ Ray wrote:
> I found a small mention of it in Bug #426491 and some discussion in
> ocsinventory-agent's 2007-04-* thread, but nothing about a supposed
> official English typography. I'm *very* suspicious of things claiming
> official English status - we don't have an Academie Anglaise and that
> tactic seems similar to Death By Dictionary.
As far as I'm concerned there's an important distinction between
a) prescriptivist decrees against the things people naturally say in
their mothertongue; these are efforts to interfere with a
"grown order", and usually fail anyway
b) standardisation of the way people write and (especially)
spell/punctuate things, artificially learned skills in the
first place; this is useful maintenance on a "made order".
> FWIW, I have a fairly stong preference for ""s instead of ''s when
> there's no computing or nesting reason not to.
I have a strong habit of following UK punctuation rules, but I'm
happy standardising d-l-e material into whatever system people pick.
Mind you, I'd be prepared to make a stand for "logical quoting"
(i.e., leaving punctuation outside the closing quotes unless the
punctuation is part of the quote), but there I've got authorities
like the Jargon File on my side...
Ankh kak! (Ancient Egyptian blessing)