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    My document contains a parenthetical remark, like this:
    (This is a long parenthetical remark.)
    OpenOffice Writer advises me that the dot should rather be placed after the parenthesis:
    (This is a long parenthetical remark).
    I think OpenOffice Writer is wrong.

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    Moreover, the OpenOffice Writer expects a comma before or:
    Aleph, Beth, Ghimel, or Daleth

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer period placement warning

    I think OpenOffice Writer is wrong.
    I don't think so.
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    These things are implemented by means of the Language Tool. It is often incorrect and outdated.

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    Thanks for your opinion, voodoo. At least for the Polish language, the rule is: a parenthetical sentence has the period within the parentheses, a parenthetical interjection at the end of the sentence has the parenthesis before the period.

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer period placement warning

    yecril71pl wrote:
    > These things are implemented by means of the 'Language Tool'
    > (http://community.languagetool.org/). It is often incorrect and
    > outdated.


    if you are just writing Aunt Tillie, then all is ok...but, if you are
    writing your doctoral thesis in nuclear weapons design, you should NOT
    turn on OpenOffice grammatical help...unless you want lots of well
    meaning, but bad advice..

    btw, the comma before the "or" in a series of three or more has been
    optional (either way is ok) for at least 50 years...

    And, as far as i recall, it is usually considered bad form to make
    parenthetical remarks as full sentences (with a capital beginning and
    period ending).

    such full sentence remarks should be (get this) another sentence...or
    in a foot note, etc..

    note: all of my writing hints are localized to the USA...ymmv!

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer period placement warning

    OO isn't subtle enough:

    'A full point should come before the closing parenthesis if the whole sentence is in parentheses [as in the example above]; otherwise after the closing parenthesis' Butcher (2006) Copyediting p. 156 - the UK bible on the subject which for the most part follows the Chicago Manual. A US member might be able to enlighten us on what the Chicago Manual says.
    Last edited by john_hudson; 16-Dec-2010 at 11:56. Reason: Additional information

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer period placement warning

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    btw, the comma before the "or" in a series of three or more has been
    optional (either way is ok) for at least 50 years...
    It is an error by Polish rules (the original sentence was in Polish.)

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer period placement warning

    Interestingly enough, the Language Tool does not mark this period for English text, only for Polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yecril71pl View Post
    It is an error by Polish rules (the original sentence was in Polish).
    Actually, it is the prescribed way as of today. Perhaps a manifestation of the raising entropy principle Anyway the original question is moot. vodoo rulez!

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