RE: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP

Subject: RE: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP
From: "Bowen, Marianne" <Marianne -dot- Bowen -at- Nextel -dot- com>
To: "'Parker, Cassandra M.'" <CMPARKER -at- intermedia -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 11:53:59 -0400

Generally punctuation should be outside the parenthesis, unless the
punctuation applies to the text within the parenthesis. If multiple
punctuation would be required, the stronger punctuation is retained.


-----Original Message-----
From: Parker, Cassandra M. [mailto:CMPARKER -at- intermedia -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 5:26 PM
Subject: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP

Hello List Members,

I know this questions has been hashed before but I can't seem to find
anywhere on it.
What is the rule for punctuation at the end of parentheses?

* I checked the Chicago Manual of Style and it shows punctuation outside
the parentheses (but I must point out that my copy is dated 1994).

* I checked The Elements of Technical Writing handbook and it shows
punctuation outside the parentheses (unless there were special situations).
My copy is dated 1993.

* I also check the Grammar Smart handbook and it shows punctuation outside
the parentheses (dated 1996).

* I further checked the Internet local newspaper (The Tampa Tribune) and
the local online TV station (WFLA) and both have the punctuation inside the
parentheses or quotes.


I know this is a simple question and probably has a simple answer. Have the
rules changed since my 1994 Chicago Manual of Style? Also, what is the
latest version of this manual?

Cassandra Parker

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