Source Templates – Set Quotation Punctuation to ‘UK’ or ‘Logical’ Placement #sourcetemplates #update

Most of the built-in source templates have the comma or period separating a quotation from the rest of a Footnote, Short Footnote or Bibliography sentence (or ending the sentence with a quotation) inside the quotation marks. This is known as ‘US’ style or convention. ‘UK’ or ‘logical’ convention places them outside the quotation. This query attempts to find all such instances and move them to the ‘UK’ position.

These names for the two styles do not indicate exclusive use in either country. There are divergences in practice not only trans-Atlantic but also north-south, between sectors, fiction and non-fiction et al according to It characterises the innie-outie placement of periods and commas relative to the quotation as US vs UK convention, granting that that is just a convenient oversimplification. An article by Grammar Girl echoes that and cites references that indicate the ‘US’ practice follows that of early typesetters and compositors using now-obsolete technology while the ‘UK’ practice is “logical”. Note that I placed the period ending the previous sentence outside the quotes; I cannot see any reason that it should be within.

I learned my grammar in the 50’s and 60’s in Canada which some have said is culturally mid-Atlantic, also an over-simplification, but, always trying to be logical, I evidently use “UK rules”. Apparently, Canadian practice has evolved: the government’s own guide to “The Canadian Style” encourages placing period and comma within the quotes except “when a very high degree of accuracy is required” in which case ‘logical’ placement is used. I would argue that Evidence style citations are supposed to be accurate and, therefore, …

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