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by antony
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

I'm a bugger for using dashes as parentheses - like so - myself ;) It's kind of permissible on the Net, though, as it's the online equivalent of "two spaces at the end of a sentence", i.e. it came about because of the display restrictions of the medium. Em-dashes are part of the extended A...
by antony
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Autohide menubar - LSUIPresentationMode
Replies: 11
Views: 2226

Re: Autohide menubar - LSUIPresentationMode

Perhaps I haven't understood fully, but why not just click the menubar lozenge in the upper right corner of the window? That's a standard feature of OSX apps. [EDIT TO ADD: Ah, I see - you're talking about the system-wide menubar. Sorry, I thought you meant the Scrivener toolbar. I don't really see ...
by antony
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

KB wrote:In general, I think this is all straightforward and I'm a little surprised that there is anything to debate...


You and me both, but maybe that's because we're native...
by antony
Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

since what Mary said did not literally include any punctuation, right? The exclamation mark is just a shorthand way of conveying something about how Mary said what she said. Well, of course. But the grammatical question is, does the exclamation 'fit' with Mary's words, or those of the narrator? In ...
by antony
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

By the way, not all UK books use single quotes for dialogue. Checking a few books which are easily to hand, it seems to be split 75/25: ALTERED CARBON, NEUROMANCER, THE RECRUIT, SPARES, IRON COUNCIL, CONTRACT, SCEPTICISM INC and Hemingway's FIRST FORTY-NINE STORIES use single quotes, while FOUCAULT'...
by antony
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

Once again, Keith beats me to it (clearly I need to get up earlier on a Sunday). I don't think anyone with a decent knowledge of grammar would think "Wait!", Mary said. is in any way correct. And it's not an exception, either - it's all down to whether or not the punctuation already exists...
by antony
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

The "said Harry/Harry said" thing is just author preference and possibly house style, I think. I'm not aware of any grammatical rule on that usage, in either US or UK English.
by antony
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas
Replies: 66
Views: 5474

Re: insomniac question about quotation marks and commas

Keith is exactly right. British English really isn't that confusing!
by antony
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: search shortcut (a browsing timesaver!)
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Re: search shortcut (a browsing timesaver!)

tannie wrote:* Safari: seems unable to do it


Safari can't do it natively, but the excellent and free Inquisitor plug-in will add the functionality, and a hell of lot more besides. I've been using it for about a year, and frankly I'm now lost without it.
by antony
Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: A chair and a desk... simple.
Replies: 35
Views: 3662

Re: A chair and a desk... simple.

Mange wrote:here's an alternative to the desk problem.


That actually looks pretty good. Now, if only they did one big enough to have all my note papers spread out, as well. Oh, and a cup of tea. Oh, and an ashtray. Oh, and...

;)
by antony
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Binder/Outliner-like Tree view for Compile-Draft
Replies: 15
Views: 2092

Re: Binder/Outliner-like Tree view for Compile-Draft

Sophie, there is one thing you might not be aware of that I don't think has been mentioned yet. In the Compile Draft dialogue, in the first tab ("Content"), there's a box above the list of documents that says "Choose folder..." If you click on that, it presents you with a hierarc...
by antony
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: book-look fonts
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: book-look fonts

Ptz wrote:I suggest you try Sabon, Georgia, Palatino and Bookman Old.


I was going to suggest pretty much the same faces. Sabon, especially, seems to be getting a lot of use these days.
by antony
Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Note taking, Calendar, Export, and More
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Note taking, Calendar, Export, and More

Have you looked into perhaps using Backpack or Basecamp ? A more centralised database of tools like this, complete with calendar, notes, file storage and so on might be better suited (and easier) than trying to figure out how to make many disparate apps talk to one another. I'm not sure about Backpa...
by antony
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Very newb question: Where to put ideas for novel?
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Very newb question: Where to put ideas for novel?

There are no "rules" to using Scrivener, and any document you create can always be moved elsewhere if need be. Just create a document anywhere and start writing/making notes. By the time you're ready to start worrying about where things should go, you'll have more experience using Scrivene...
by antony
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: This Summer's Movies
Replies: 11
Views: 1969

Re: This Summer's Movies

Not strictly summer, and definitely not a blockbuster, but IN BRUGES was one of the best films I'd seen in years.
 

 

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