Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quotes in Quotes

Issue 29 had quotes inside of quotes. There was an extended transcription of a report that I inserted in quotation marks.

The original report had quotation marks that the investigator had placed around his questions. I am assuming this was done so that his supervisor knew precisely what questions he asked. When I typed up the document I replaced these double quotes with single quotes because I had already placed double quotes around the transcription. I'm starting to wonder if I should have left off the double quotes around the entire transcription which meant I could have left the quotation marks as the investigator placed them in his report.

If anyone has thoughts, please let me know. If you're not all that concerned about single versus double quotes, that's ok.

One of my goals at Casefile Clues is to make things clear for the reader. Another is to give the reader something to follow as a guide. Some of those details are still in flux as a style guide is developed.

A lot of the discussion about style and citations takes place behind the scenes because while I think readers appreciate the inclusion of citations, I'm not certain everyone wants to be in on the discussion. If that's a wrong interpretation on my part, let me know!

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