Monday, April 25, 2005

Typesetting Trivia

Eugene Volokh asks why the American usage is to place commas and periods that do not form part of a quote inside quotation marks, but not to do so for other puctuation. (Apparently, the British only put commas and periods inside quotation marks if they are part of the actual quotation.)

I had always understood that it was because back in the old days, typeset commas and periods were more likely to break or become misaligned if placed outside the quotes, and, as it turns out, I am right.