On 3 Jun 2009, at 10:55, Colin Alcock wrote:
In Keith’s words, “Good grammer, good spelling, good punctuation”
always come first, but if everyone stuck exactly to the rules, life
- and web sites - would become all too similar - and boring.
And thereby hangs an interesting discussion, which would probably be
too long to do here. But basically: there are all kinds of trends in
design, whether web or print, and they are to be welcomed, because
they can get you noticed. But there are some things that can never be
trends. Among them is, for instance, the increasingly prevalent use of
apostrophes in plurals. So we now get ‘Video’s’, ‘PC’s’ and all the
rest, which used to only appear on greengrocer’s hand-lettered
notices, (‘cauli’s 99p’) and famously became known as ‘grocer’s
apostrophe’. I think the capitalisation of every word in a headline is
fast becoming one of these.
The thing is that, although we can go with trends and adopt some out-
of-the-box strategies to present our designs, there are some things
that are not open to interpretation, and this is one of them. Both the
capitalisation of words in a sentence, and the insertion of
apostrophes in plurals, are just plain wrong. Not a trend, just wrong.
I realise that the use of these things by politically-correct official
bodies will probably lead to increased usage, but we need to fight it.
So: the use of apostrophes in plurals is, and always will be a
mistake; it’ll never be a trend, because it’s broken behaviour. The
use of all those caps in sentences is not, at the moment, seen as such
a mistake, but it is.
I still get email and printed material from people who put a double
space after a full-stop. This harks back to the time when we all used
typewriters with a monospaced font, and people were taught to do that
to better differentiate the gap between sentences. And it did. The
only place you can see a typewriter being used these days is
(unaccountably) in The Wire. Yet it still hangs on, after all these
years. Funny business
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