[rfc-i] Call for Review of draft-iab-styleguide-01.txt, "RFC Style Guide"

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Wed Mar 12 09:58:30 PDT 2014


I wrote that last message while not in my office, so I could not get to my copy of the CMOS. Now that I'm here, I'll throw in one more desired change. And, yes: http://xkcd.com/1285/

Section 1 says:

   The RFC Editor generally follows these accepted
   rules as defined by the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) [CMOS], with a
   few important exceptions to avoid ambiguity in complex technical
   prose and to handle mixtures of text and computer languages.

Section 3.2 says:

   *  When a sentence ended by a period is immediately followed by
      another sentence, there should be two blank spaces after the
      period.  

And yet the CMOS (rule 2.12) says:

   A single character space, not two spaces, should be left after periods at
   the ends of sentences (both in manuscripts and in final, published form)
   and after colons.

So, either fix 3.2 to say "one blank space", or modify Section 1 to say that CMOS isn't always followed when because.

--Paul Hoffman


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