[Wikipedia-l] Re: [Wikitech-l] Hyperlink convention

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Thu Sep 30 17:03:33 UTC 2004

Angela wrote:

>One reason is that the differences between American and British
>English are more involved than simply changing the spelling of a few
>words. Punctuation and grammar are also involved. If you changed
>behavior to behaviour in an otherwise AE sentence, the sentence would
>then be wrong in both languages. 
I can't seem to find the page now, but I seem to remember a policy page 
where we've basically settled on a compromise, partially-invented 
"international English" punctuation style for clarity and because it's 
not really worth fighting over.  The compromise included the 
British-style "put punctuation _after_ closing quotation marks", and 
something from US style that I can't remember.  As for being "wrong", 
that's only the case if you happen to be a [[en:prescription and 
description|grammatical prescriptivist]], which not all of us are.

But as far as the spelling issue goes, it seems like a solution in 
search of a problem.  The current approach seems to be working well enough.


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