On Mon, 2005-11-28 at 13:52 -0500, Diana Fong wrote:
> - "Get Fedora" ... can also do with or without the period.
It was Paul who made the point originally, and I was certain that it was
a specific GNOME documentation style guide. You may not know, but in
FDP we specify this order for deciding style:
1. Chicago Manual of Style
2. GNOME Documentation Style Guide
3. Fedora Documentation Guide
That is, we default to 1, then 2, and note exceptions in 3. This is
typical of writing projects, having a canonical reference outside of the
project, and noting project rules and exceptions in a style guide.
So, it may be a CMS recommendation that I can't look up. It is not,
unfortunately, specified in the GNOME guide ... but, if you look at the
ToC for that guide, you won't see a title or heading with a period in
We will be sure to include this rule in the next version of the Fedora
Documentation Guide. For now, I'll just ask all to remember that we
don't put periods in titles. FWIW, Mozilla didn't either with "Get
The question I would like to raise is this: Is it a title, or is it an
I agree that a period does not belong in a title, but it does belong in
an introductory statement. We simply have to decide which one this is.
When I was coming up with the design for the current front page, I tried
both ways. The current result presents it as a title, without a
period. The design I have produced as a prototype uses it more as an
introductory statement, in which a period would belong. How do we want
to use it?
Patrick "The N-Man" Barnes