I use bold for referencing sections, instead of quotation marks. It
makes things much simpler as far where to put the comma, and this style
seems to be popular.
Nancy Allison wrote:
> Once more, this time with content!
> For your technical manuals, what is your preferred set of cross-reference
> I'm setting up a template and am trying to figure out a way to avoid having
> to create multiple x-refs to accommodate different punctuation. You know
> (x-ref is inside the underscores):
> ---See __Appendix D, "Frying Pans and Toasters,"__ for more information.
> (X-ref includes comma inside quotation marks)
> ---For more information, see __Appendix D, "Frying Pans and Toasters."__
> (X-ref includes period inside quotation marks)
> ---[Inspiration fails me, but I am sure there's a similar example that does
> not use any punctuation within the quotation marks]
> If I create only one x-ref format, using only one kind of punctuation, most
> nimble tech writers will be able to construct nicely flowing sentences to
> employ it. Right?
> Or, I could decree that we never quote the titles of referenced sections, and
> omit any punctuation:
> ---For more information, see __Appendix D__.
> But I think that's a lousy solution: I don't want to omit a descriptive title
> just because it's a pain to set up the x-ref formats for it.
> What is your solution?
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