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This is the style guide for trainspotters.,
This review is from: New Hart's Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Reference) (Hardcover)It seems the original Harts rules for compositors and readers was first published in 1893 as a twenty four pages booklet.
This is the updated version and compositors are no longer with us. I am interested in style guides having recently reviewed the Guardian Style guide.This is the style guide for trainspotters.
It is a great book but a bit specialized for the average reader.
There has to be books like this as although the general view is that language is fluid there have to be certain standards that publishers stick to as otherwise there is anarchy.
If you really need to know this stuff this is where you go .
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2010 09:00:19 BDT
Matthew Graham says:
Simply because you no longer need an NGA stamp before you can get your composed type published, it doesn't mean compositors are no longer with us. On the contrary; with digital typography we are all now compositors, so we all need to know whether or not HMS Victory should have full stops and be in italic type (or not), and how to correctly compose a quotation in Russian. Don't leave it to your spell checker!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2010 09:06:22 BDT
Peter Wade says:
Matthew you are quite right but the current theory is that anything goes but as we know this does not work.
Itis regarded as pedantic but language is about communciation and if we can't get that right it will cause problems.
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