W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > www-style@w3.org > December 2005

Re: Selectors: editorial section 3

From: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 12:06:04 -0500
Message-ID: <abd6c8010512290906t2e44befcg93dba8a1aef6e050@mail.gmail.com>
To: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

On 12/29/05, Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
>
> Adam Kuehn wrote:
>
> > Although most authorities agree that the commas after "HTML" and "XML"
> > are optional, including them is grammatically correct and in this case
> > is probably the better practice.  On first encountering this sentence, a
> > reader may well interpret "in HTML element names" as a complete phrase
> > and only re-think that construction upon reaching the word "and".  Using
> > the comma following each brief introductory phrase prevents this from
> > happening.  (Incidentally, your proposed alternative is probably
> > incorrect, as well.  The semicolon should be a comma in your proposed
> > phrasing, according to most style guides.  One would use a semicolon
> > only if the conjunction were removed.)
>
> You can argue about the commas. The semicolon I'm sure of though, at
> least for U.S. English. When either of the two independent clauses
> joined by a conjunction contains a comma, a semicolon must be used
> before the coordinate conjunction.

This is also my understanding as well.

> --
> Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
> XML in a Nutshell 3rd Edition Just Published!
> http://www.cafeconleche.org/books/xian3/
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0596007647/cafeaulaitA/ref=nosim
>
>


--

Orion Adrian
Received on Thursday, 29 December 2005 17:06:25 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0+W3C-0.50 : Monday, 27 April 2009 13:54:42 GMT