Logical quotation[edit source]
This style guide needs to address use of logical quotation (
"Foo", a spell) instead of typesetters' quotation (
"Foo," a spell), most especially for literal strings like in-game names and CS/CK IDs.
It's best to just do it consistently for everything. English Wikipedia settled on LQ something like 15 years ago (and most other wkis follow suit, including ElderScrolls.Wikia's "competition", UESP.net), for the same reason it's frequently used in science journals, technical writing, literary criticism, textual analysis, linguistics, some law journals, and other contexts in which precision is important: the TQ style, of forcing extraneous following punctuation into the quotation and thus falsifying the quoted material, is confusing and ambiguous, and frequently leads to errors (especially in a context in which people often copy-paste what is between quotation marks, as they do with material at this site). Terminal punctuation belongs inside the quotation marks only when it's part of the quoted string (
"I hate mayonaise. I really, really do.").
TQ is a style best reserved for editorials and fiction, where it's believed (without any actual usability testing evidence) to very slightly speed up reading. Even for those genres, most of the world has abandoned TQ due to accuracy and interpretation problems, aside from many US and Canadian news publishers, and various fiction publishers more broadly. The Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press Stylebook still prefer TQ for most things (they see it as a traditional Americanism, which it actually isn't in either part, with use of LQ being primarilyy advanced by US techical publishers, and TQ being used widely outside the US since the 19th century, just not very frequently in British/Commonwealth news material). But this site isn't tied to the CMoS or AP, and even other style guides like Scientific Style and Format from the same publisher as CMoS advise LQ.
Minor tweaks[edit source]
- typically distinguished from the extra info with an en dash (–)
- typically distinguished from the extra info with a spaced en dash ( – )
People not intimately familiar with punctuation details are often not clear about the difference between en and em dashes, and are often more familiar with em dashes (which are conventionally not spaced).
Another minor tweak, to update the material for what the default editor is these days; change:
- encompass the word or phrase in two apostrophes on either side
- highlight the word or phrase and press the I toolbar button (in the visual editor), or encompass the word or phrase in two apostrophes on either side (in the source editor)