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Re: [RFC] automatic apostrophes

From: John Cowan
Subject: Re: [RFC] automatic apostrophes
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:26:00 -0400
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Paul Eggert scripsit:

> For example, when computing the possessive of "Ajax",
> we need to know which "Ajax" we're talking about, as the string
> "Ajax" itself doesn't give us enough information.

I think this is overkill and an example of the best being the
enemy of the good.  Printing "Ajax's" is not a grammatical
error, merely the violation of a rule more (often) honored in
the breach than the observance.

What is serious, and closely analogous to the Catalan case,
is the variation between English "a" and "an", or between
French "le" and "l'".  How, if at all, are these things
presently handled?

John Cowan    http://ccil.org/~cowan    address@hidden
Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.  --Oscar Wilde

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