Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/usr.bin/mklocale
To: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <email@example.com>
Date: 05/06/2003 12:04:40
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On Monday, 5 May 2003 at 17:09:23 -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> In message <20030505210424.GB62309@jnelson.aus-ofc.newsstand.com>, Jay Nelson w
>> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 09:23:11PM +0200, Thomas Klausner wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 08:23:47PM +0100, David Laight wrote:
>>>>> } Log Message:
>>>>> } "a, b, and c" instead of "a, b and c".
>>>>> I know I've probably been a pain with questioning some of your
>>>>> changes, so I just wanted to say that this time I'm agreeing with you.
>>>>> It seems that most people don't put the "," before "and", but I always
>>>>> do, and I think it is important to do so for the sake of clarity.
>>>> But the correct English is 'a, b and c'.....
>>> Says who?
> Styles change. The copy editor for the second edition of "Firewalls
> and Internet Security" wanted us to include the comma:
> a, b, and c
> in such constructs. I forget, offhand, which style guide was deemed
> authoritative by Addison-Wesley, but if anyone cares I can look it
This is a difference between American and English styles. In America,
the comma is desirable but not essential (Chicaeo Manual of Style,
5.57 et seq). In other English-speaking countries, it's incorrect
unless its omission would give rise to ambiguity (Commonwealth Style
Manual, 6.54 et seq).
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