cvs commit: src/lib/libarchive archive_write.3

Tim Kientzle tim at kientzle.com
Mon Jul 5 13:56:26 PDT 2004


Ruslan Ermilov wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 05, 2004 at 06:08:32PM +0000, Tim Kientzle wrote:
> 
> 
> : -Note: internally, the callbacks are invoked by the compression layer.
> : +Note: Internally, the callbacks are invoked by the compression layer.
> 
> Is it acceptable in English, to start a new sentence after a colon?

Yes, it is.  A colon can be used as a "weak period"
to indicate a close relationship between two otherwise
separate sentences.

I just skimmed a couple of grammar references I
have sitting around and found that the detailed rules
for when you capitalize after a colon are fairly subtle.
Rather than get into a pointless grammatical bikeshed,
I've reworded this to eliminate the colon entirely.

> Some statistics (excluding contrib/ and crypto/ mdoc(7) manpages):
> 
> Regexp			Count
> '^Note: [A-Z]'		20
> '^Note: [a-z]'		40

Like I said, the precise rules are subtle and
not always well-understood.

Tim



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