C10: Sentence spacing & puncuation
Allowing the selection of sentence spacing and punctuation
Your product must be capable of implementing appropriate defaults or local customs for punctuation and spacing of words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and all other conventional text components.
In North America, it is common to use two spaces after a period before the beginning of the next sentence. This is not the practice in some European countries. Punctuation symbols also vary among languages.
Example: In Spanish, questions are commonly bracketed by two question marks, the first of which is inverted, for example, ¿Habla usted Español?.
Arabic and Hebrew scripts are written from right to left. As a result their punctuation marks would appear on the left side of the sentences. Some of the meanings are also reversed because of their writing directions.
Example: In Arabic, the closing square bracket is [ and the opening square bracket is ]. Arabic punctuation marks also differ from English counterparts.
Example: Arabic punctuation marks that correspond to the percent, asterisk, comma, question mark, and semicolon.
Example: Canada is officially metric, but imperial measures continue to be used in such industries as the lumber industry.
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- Guidelines quick reference
- A: User interface
- B: Writing for an international audience
- C: Respect for culture and conventions
- D: Product structure in a globalized environment
- E: Input and output interfaces
- F: Coded character sets
- G: Introducing Asian ideographic scripts
- H: Languages with a bidirectional script
- I: The cursive Arabic script