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Punctuation in the news

Recent news articles on punctuation:

The exclamation point is not trademarkable!

Tim Berners-Lee apologies for forward slashes // in URLs. It didn't have to be this way.

Nearly a month ago now, Steve posted at Glossographia on a typology of quotation marks.

And finally, thanks to a question from theengineer, if you'd like to find out what font a particular piece of punctuation (or other printed character) is in, try What the Font, from My Fonts.

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cdave
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
You got a little bit of tracker stuck on your last URL there.
cdave
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
owlfish
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
That's a good approach too.
owlfish
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's a lovely and clean URL now (give or take the necessary //)
steepholm
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
On the way to school this morning, my daughter asked of "A Hard Day's Night": is it "It's worth it just to hear you say you're going to give me everything?" or "It's worth it just to hear you say, 'You're going to give me everything.'"?

Those are two very different kinds of relationship!
fjm
Oct. 14th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Surely the computer manufacturers could add a single key. If we have @ on one key, why not http:// ?
sollersuk
Oct. 14th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
@ is there because it was used, originally in handwriting, long before computers were even thought of (and I'm including Babbage here). My original manual typewriter had it, back in the days when a computer took up a whole suite of rooms.
owlfish
Oct. 14th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I can see the argument for making http:// a single character, although it would further concretize its presence in URLs. (It would be a pain to get rid of them now but still - I like to think - possible. Making them a single character in general use on keyboards would make it that much harder to change URL conventions.)

& started life as two separate characters, and the ellipsis started life as three. Each is now a single typographic character, although of course it can be argued that their unions also predate typography in the modern sense. On the other hand, there are a great many other characters which usually lose their ligatures when moving from handwriting to most modern typefaces.
sollersuk
Oct. 14th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
The modern form of & goes back to Caroline Minuscule, making it over 1,000 years old! Different shaped ligatures of "e" and "t" are about half a millennium older.
fjm
Oct. 17th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
ah well., a nice idea, and I'm sure they could manage it if they tried :-)
darktouch
Oct. 15th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Seriously, which marketing 'genius' had the bright idea to waste the company's money trying to get ! trademarked?
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