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RE: Oxford comma in altlocs rendering

From: Kay, Michael <Michael.Kay@softwareag.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 14:50:35 +0200
Message-ID: <DFF2AC9E3583D511A21F0008C7E621060453DB09@daemsg02.software-ag.de>
To: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk, spec-prod@w3.org

I tend to use the Oxford comma myself: too much risk of ambiguity otherwise
in lists such as "Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Waterstones". To me, "XML,
Schema and DTD" reads like a list of two things not of three. But then I
tend to follow Fowler in such matters.

Michael Kay


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk [mailto:ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk] 
> Sent: 03 September 2002 10:58
> To: spec-prod@w3.org
> Subject: Oxford comma in altlocs rendering
> 
> 
> 
> I register a _very_ minor quibble with the way the altlocs 
> list is rendered.  I find  "a, b, and c" very odd, 
> particularly when the list members are short, as in "XML, 
> Schema, and DTD".  I much prefer "a, b and c", i.e. "XML, 
> Schema and DTD".
> 
> Alternatively, give me a template rule and I'll override both 
> the rule 
> and the elt decl and make altlocs be mixed content and then I 
> can suit myself!
> 
> ht
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