Python is readable

Neil Cerutti neilc at norwich.edu
Mon Mar 19 12:26:10 CET 2012


On 2012-03-17, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 3/16/2012 9:08 AM, Neil Cerutti wrote:
>
>> A grammarian always uses complete sentence before a colon, even
>> when introducing a list.
>
> The Chicago Manual of Style*, 13th edition, says "The colon is
> used to mark a discontinuity of grammatical construction
> greater than that indicated by the semicolon and less than that
> indicated by the period."
>
> While most of the examples in that section have what would be a
> complete sentence before the colon, not all do. Not in that
> section is this, from the Table of Contents: "Documentation:
> References, Notes, and Bibliographies". Here are a couple more
> from their Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication data:
> "Rev. ed. of: A manual of style." and "Bibliography: p.". And
> in letters: "To:", "From:", and "Date:"
>
> *A major style guide for general American writing and
> publication: used by some as the 'Bible'.

Thanks for the discussion and corrections. My apologies to Steven
for pushing my apparnetly overly narrow view. There are plenty of
valid use cases for a colon without an independent clause.

-- 
Neil Cerutti



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