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mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 6:54 PM

A COMPLETELY NON-EARTHSHAKING MATTER

This is not an earthshaking problem, nor anything to lose sleep over. However, I've wrestled with it for a while on Sploofus since I do quite a few quizes about literature.

According to the style manual I use, which is the Chicago Manual of Style (yes, I realize that I'm a geek, but I can't help myself), book titles are in italics or are underlined. Plays, short stories, chapters, etc., are in quotes. Sploofus doesn't accept either italics or underlines so how should a person write the titles in the quizes?

In cases where I should put the title in italics, I have started to just capitalize each word and hope that everybody figures it out. I use quotations only when they are appropriate. I just had a quiz editor change some of my titles. While I thank him or her for the effort, it made the format incorrect.

Now, what would all of you do? Of course, the easiest way to solve this would be to be able to italicize, but I would bet that the Sploofus program doesn't allow that. Any suggestions for staying consistant?

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 7:48 PM

This is no reflection at anyone, because I include myself in this statement. If we were to ever convert to the strict rules of grammar, style, etc. it might well be the end of new quizzes as we know them...lol

redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.1 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 7:53 PM

Hmmm...If I'm using a book title, I sometimes use leading and trailing underscores, _like this_, to indicate that the title actually should be underlined. But I've come to decide that's ugly, so I just capitalize each word in the title and hope the meaning is clear. And it really should be.

It sounds like the editor was trying to be helpful, but since we can't do absolutely correct typesetting here at Sploofus, it should probably be up to each individual author to decide how to resolve this and similar issues, as long as ALL CAPS and no caps aren't used...

Will

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 8:19 PM

I do the same thing as Will-capitalize the first letter of each word in the title. I think the only way it could really be confusing is to make no distinction whatsoever, i.e. gone with the wind, as opposed to Gone With The Wind, or _Gone With the Wind_.
Leah

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 11:05 PM

I have often expressed the same concern. I thought all caps for titles would be a good compromise...but then, without bold we have no way to show EMPHASIS except through caps!

It is a dilemma!

Mr. Sploofus? How about italics and bolding? Any chance??

suzer

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 17th Oct '05 11:10 PM

I tend to use quotation marks even though I know it's not technically correct. So far, it's worked. I'd love the opportunity to italicize. :D

~Tracy

ladymaynooth
Ladymaynooth  (Level: 176.4 - Posts: 34)
Tue, 18th Oct '05 2:35 AM


The usual way on other sites is via quotation marks.

For example:

Who was the main character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"?

jepolito1
Jepolito1  (Level: 36.9 - Posts: 18)
Tue, 18th Oct '05 7:48 AM

I also use quotation marks. Though they are not "correct," they allow me to set off the title from the rest of the words in the question or answer, which makes it less confusing for readers.

Jenn

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Tue, 18th Oct '05 8:23 AM

I always just capitalize because I can't bring myself to put book titles in quotes. At least with capitals I'm a victim of the site's shortcomings, but in quotes it looks like I don't know any better.

redwinghockey
Redwinghockey  (Level: 87.3 - Posts: 16)
Tue, 18th Oct '05 9:26 AM

I use ' marks instead of underlining or italicizing. ex. 'Lord of the Rings'.

redwinghockey
Redwinghockey  (Level: 87.3 - Posts: 16)
Tue, 18th Oct '05 9:27 AM

Allowing underlining or italicizing would be a mistake. People would abuse it.


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