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  • Why are the headers spaced out?

    ==Plot== becomes == Plot ==

    I don't understand.

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    • It makes no difference as to how the page displays, but it sure makes it easier to read on these tired old eyes.

      When you get to be as old as I am, you'll understand. :)

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    • Given that spacing out the headers makes no difference functionally, I'm fine with anyone implementing their headers either way.

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    • Krazy Rabbit wrote: Given that spacing out the headers makes no difference functionally, I'm fine with anyone implementing their headers either way.

      Isn't the period within quotes and italics? I was checking out Purdue OWL.

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    • I don't see where Purdue addresses this situation, but I was taught (and still teach) that you only italicize or quote those marks that are part of the title.

      A quick search found several other sites that agree with this, but none that don't.

      "Italics do not include punctuation marks (end marks or parentheses, for instance) next to the words being italicized unless those punctuation marks are meant to be considered as part of what is being italicized" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

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    • TheBigGnome wrote: I don't see where Purdue addresses this situation, but I was taught (and still teach) that you only italicize or quote those marks that are part of the title.

      A quick search found several other sites that agree with this, but none that don't.

      "Italics do not include punctuation marks (end marks or parentheses, for instance) next to the words being italicized unless those punctuation marks are meant to be considered as part of what is being italicized" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

      I found this though. Does this apply to quotations only and not italics? Also, you said ("I was taught (and still teach) that ..."). Do you teach English to students?

      https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/332032/where-to-put-a-period-when-you-quote-a-title-at-the-end-of-the-sentence

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    • I have taught English at high school, and have been a newspaper editor, but now I just tutor infrequently.

      That example you reference shows the period is outside the italics. If it were quotations, I would still place it outside.

      One thing about languages is that they are dynamic. Change is defined not by rules but by usage. As people abandon old rules, new ones take their place. APA rules are different from MLA rules. Newspapers each can have their own rules. For any rule one might consider, I'd bet they could find another rule that contradicts it.

      I generally think back to a particularly crotchety teacher of mine who generally disliked change, but accepted it. He had two basic rules for us: do what makes sense, and don't be lazy.

      The purpose of quotes and italics is to set apart the title or quote from the flow of the rest of the sentence. He said it made sense that if it wasn't part of the title or quote, it didn't belong inside.

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    • So now that you understand that the spaces are to help my poor eyesight, you rapidly remove them? Thanks for the compassion, bro.

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    • TheBigGnome wrote: So now that you understand that the spaces are to help my poor eyesight, you rapidly remove them? Thanks for the compassion, bro.

      Oh, I forgot sorry. I won't remove them anymore.

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