Re: apostrophes

From: Asmus Freytag (asmusf@ix.netcom.com)
Date: Wed May 24 2006 - 10:58:57 CDT

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    On 5/24/2006 2:37 AM, Otto Stolz wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
    >> I have never seen any norm or recommendation on it for any language.
    >
    > For German, it is in 95 of the official orthographic rules,
    > <http://www.ids-mannheim.de/reform/regeln2006.pdf>.
    >
    > I am not sure whether I have said this already on the list,
    > or only privately; so here it is again. Sorry, if you have
    > read it twice.
    >
    Even reading it twice, it doesn't cover book usage. Publishers in German
    have been using both the double quotation marks as stated in the official
    norm, as well as the >>guillemets<< (inward pointing, no space).

    [I double checked this with two random books on my bookshelf - the
    first had the 'official' style, the second use the guillemets.]

    The myopic nature of official regulations like these (and the situation
    is not
    limited to Germany) is one of the reasons that CLDR is so necessary:
    Only a collective research project focused on actually observed usage
    can succeed in mapping the use of these characters.

    A./



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