4.30.2007

So, 400 Copy Editors Walk Into a Room...

The American Copy Editors Society's annual conference is over, and it received a lot of attention, including from NPR's On the Media. The transcripts from the show can be found here. (It is a good read ... and not too long.)

There are also some conference handouts posted on the conference Web site.

4.17.2007

Moving Past Web 2.0?

The Web 2.0 Expo is going on this week in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters covering it have a funny reporter's notebook about what the next name will be for the Web.

I vote for Web 2.1. But that's just me.

4.11.2007

HTML That Complains

I was reading a book about HTML and CSS that said code should be written so that it is "complaint."

The last thing I would want is a Web site with HTML that complains, but that's OK, I'm pretty sure that they meant compliant HTML.

As an aside, it is a very good book that teaches the basics of HTML and CSS in an easy-to-follow manner.

Drink This One Up

How many times have you seen googling or to google as a verb to search the Web? I find it interesting, though not shocking, that Google does not include that definition in its own dictionary function.

It's not surprising that Google doesn't want to google to become a popular verb, though I do think they may have already lost that battle.

4.10.2007

AP Allows Serial Comma (Sometimes)

For most of the time, serial commas should not be used if your publication is using the The Associated Press Stylebook.

This is not the place I want to start an argument about the justification of using (or not using) serial commas. The AP Stylebook says:
IN A SERIES: Use commas to separate elements in a series, but do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series: The flag is red, white and blue. He would nominate Tom, Dick or Harry.
But then it says this:
Put a comma before the concluding conjunction in a series, however, if an integral element of the series requires a conjunction: I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast.
Yep, it's right there in the punctuation section of the stylebook under comma. It's AP, in a muted way, saying it is OK to sometimes use the serial comma.

It just goes to show that you should read a sentence before doing search-and-destroy editing.

4.07.2007

Two Words, Not One

Bill Walsh has an interesting post on Blogslot about using a one-word noun in place of a two-word verb.

4.03.2007

A Look Back

I was looking through the Internet Archive the other day and thought it was funny to see this site's old posts and design.