General Remarks





Book titles are now set without points. This fashion was introduced by

Pickering of London about 1850. This method is generally to the

advantage of the title page thus treated. It is possible, however, to

carry it too far and so to obscure the sense. Commas should not be

omitted from firm names, such as Longmans, Green & Co., as in case of

such omission there is no way of knowing whether one or more persons are

indicated. Punctuation should not be omitted from the titles which may

accompany an author's name, nor from the date if day and month are given

as well as year.



Avoid the doubling of points wherever possible. When an abbreviation

precedes a colon, omit the period. When an abbreviation precedes a

comma, the period is often inserted, but in many cases one or the other

can be dropped to advantage. The dash is not generally preceded by a

comma, semicolon, or colon in current printing usage. A comma should

rarely go before the first parenthesis. If used at all with the

parentheses, it should follow the closing parenthesis. When a complete

sentence is enclosed in parentheses, the period falls within the

parentheses. When the enclosure is a brief passage at the end of a

sentence, the period falls outside the parentheses.



Do not put a period before the apostrophe and the possessive _s_ as in

_Co.'s_. The word _Company_ may be abbreviated to _Co._ although it is

not desirable to do so if it can be avoided. The possessive of _Co._ is

_Co's_.





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