How readers’ comments are edited at VFR
In response to changes I made in his comment in a previous entry, Christopher B. writes from England:
Ever since I began editing and posting readers’ comments myself, I have conformed punctuation, particularly commas and periods at the end of quotations, to the American standard, in which periods and commas are placed inside close quotes, rather than outside them, as in the British style. I guess this is the first time you noticed it. I would imagine that when an American magazine publishes a letter from an English reader, it makes his punctuation conform to the American-style punctuation normally followed by that magazine, though I’m not sure of that.Christopher B. replies:
Thanks. Now I know. And all done automatically!!LA continues:
For some issues, the macro is semi-automatic rather than automatic. It stops at each instance of “its” and “it’s” and gives me the option to press a key or button to change it or leave as is, or to press escape and bypass that part of the macro. (In fact, I don’t need to use this feature much, because the overwhelming majority of commenters know the correct usage of “its” and “it’s.”) It stops at each instance of a single digit number and gives me the option to change it to a word or leave as is, or to bypass that part of the macro. The rule that I learned in school and still use today is that cardinal numbers one through ten should be written as words, not numbers. But today many readers write “2 victims” or “6 attackers” where they should write “two victims” or “six attackers,” and this is becoming distressingly more common.
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