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


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

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.

Here is the response, he got from the programmer:

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!
Мадмазель, Медам, Месье! "Глория" меняет курс и направляется в Кейптаун! Кому это не нравится будет расстрелян на месте. (с)
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Old 27.10.2004, 15:03   #2
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Very very thoughtful!
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