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Re^2: Coolest way to decode YYYYMMDD?

by Your Mother (Bishop)
on Jun 03, 2013 at 13:48 UTC ( #1036759=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Coolest way to decode YYYYMMDD?
in thread Coolest way to decode YYYYMMDD?

The question mark is ambiguous in this context but it's proper English style see below. Liked your direct approach. :P

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Re^3: Coolest way to decode YYYYMMDD?
by jdporter (Canon) on Jun 05, 2013 at 04:56 UTC
    it's proper English style.

    Actually... No, it's not. While there is some (little) conflict over when/whether periods & commas should go inside, all authorities agree that "question marks and exclamation points follow [i.e. go outside] closing quotation marks unless they belong within the quoted matter." (Chicago Manual)

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

      While I will take issue with Chicago being il capo di tutti authorities, I will take the correction to season the crow of my mistakenly conflating commas and periods with question marks and bangs.

        I certainly won't argue regarding Chicago. I only selected that version of the rule because it seemed to be the most succinctly stated of all the versions I found. But the point is that there is no disagreement, apparently, among all the style guides on this particular point.

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