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Old 26.10.2004, 07:55   #1
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Talking Fun: Punctuation 4 programmers

Hi!

Below is an excerpt of how a programmer replies to a Technical Writer's email. Just found it on an indian forum ....
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Technical Writer:
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Change this sentence from:
If you have a PayPal account or a credit card click the button below
to get started.

To:
If you have a PayPal account or a credit card, click the button below
to get started.

Reason: The comma helps the flow of the sentence by putting in a pause
after the "If" statement (clause). Otherwise a quick read of the
sentence runs the "credit card click" together and you have to back up
and see where the "If" clause ends.
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Here is the response, he got from the programmer:
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COOL!

I had never seen language explained in computer terms. And you know
what, it actually makes sense now. It really does.

if (you have a PayPal account or a credit card)
{
click the button below to get started;
}

To translate from C to English, you replace the "{" by a "," and the
";" by a ".".

Funny, huh!
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Old 27.10.2004, 15:03   #2
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Very very thoughtful!
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