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Re: Spelling changes

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:15:35 -0400
To: Giovanni Campagna <scampa.giovanni@gmail.com>
Cc: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, www-archive@w3.org, fantasai@inkedblade.net
Message-ID: <20090608151535.GA10932@pickering.dbaron.org>
On Monday 2009-06-08 16:37 +0200, Giovanni Campagna wrote:
> 2009/6/8 L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>:
> > On Monday 2009-06-08 16:28 +0200, Giovanni Campagna wrote:
> >> That diff file includes changing "paddings" into "puddings" (the first
> >> difference)
> >
> > Oops, thanks.  I meant to change both occurrences of "paddings" to
> > "padding".  Here's a corrected diff.
> 
> Actually, why do you want that?
> It is not correct to say "padding are" (singular noun, plural verb),
> so either "padding is" or "paddings are". Paddings are two, top and
> bottom, so IMO "paddings" was correct.

I think the correct plural of "padding" (at least in the normal
English sense) is "padding" (since it's a mass noun, see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_noun ), and that's what we use
elsewhere in the spec.

Thus the following two are equivalent
  "left padding and right padding are"
  "left and right padding are"

-David

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