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Some Style & Usage Posts.

  1. Logical punctuation

    An argument to abandon the aesthetics of placing punctuation with quotes

  2. Atlantic's rules

    Twelve (or 10) good guidelines, or unknown origin, for editors of any good publication

  3. Notes on typography

    Seventy years ago, Vanity Fair announced it has toned down its experiment with Modernism

  4. Reporting the Internet

    Reuters offers some good advice for its journalist as they work with and on the Internet

  5. Spelling Gadhfi

    The name of Libya's leader has 32 spelling variants

  6. Toronto wants Canadian English

    City Hall asks for software that spells councillor with two "l"s, for example

  7. Sans Seriffee

    Map of the tiny archipelago discovered by English years ago

  8. Guardian America's voice

    Inigo Thomas introduces Guardian's new American Web site be explaining why its style and writing voice will not be "Americanized"

  9. Love the semi-colon

    A defence of one of my personal favourite punctuation marks.

  10. Fucking Caps and Spelling

    Canadian journalism’s de facto spelling guide, Caps and Spelling, allows “fuck” to be spelled out.

  11. Capitalization quandary: Internet and Web

    Tony Long may be a fine copy editor — no doubt he’s better than me — but his style decisions confound. As you may have heard, Wired News now sets in lowercase Internet, Net, and Web because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. David Akin aptly explains why Tony is wrong

  12. SARS-Stock and Chicago 15

    Today is SARS-Stock. While it’s doubtful this will actually relieve Toronto’s bruised tourism and service sectors, it has been an “emotional rescue” for pun-loving journalists.

  13. Survival tips for 2004

    Wanted to get my end-of-year list out a couple of days ago, but didn’t. Oh well, maybe later. In the meantime, these words/phrases are banned this year and the Guardian Online offers us it’s survival guide for 2003

  14. France’s email

  15. Lowercase Internet; css-discuss Wiki

    Hope everyone enjoyed a bit of a break — me I’m still fighting the cold that started just before my holidays began. By the way, rumour has it the latest CBC Radio 3 webzine is using a David Elfstrom photo…

  16. HTML is not an acronym…

    Discover the difference between an acronym, an abbreviation, and an initialism while learning some suggestions on how to treat them in Web pages.

  17. Ems and awards

    Anyone who has ever wondered why ' is not ’, and how using -- could infuriate people, should read the “The Trouble With EM’n EN.”

  18. Email or e-mail?

    Marking the end of an era, Wired News has changed its house style from “email” to “e-mail.” The decision to change is explained with great detail, and care, by Tony Long, copy chief at Wired News. While I will likely keep spelling email sans-hyphen, I understand Long’s reasoning (grammatical history, ease of editing). For me, however, e-mail (with a hyphen) will always look a bit clunky.

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