Yep, punctuation matters

September 19, 2014

Seen in my Twitter feed yesterday — an announcement from the company hosting a conference that a session is underway:

punctuation_mattersUnfortunately, without quote marks or other identifying embellishments such as bold or italics, the message is not to get stuck in the localization Bermuda Triangle with Susie Winn! I’m sure she’s very nice, but I’m also sure that isn’t the message they intended.

Yes, punctuation matters. Why? Because it removes ambiguity and prevents misinterpretation.

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[Link last checked September 2014]


  1. Rhonda,

    I have a technical question about tables in Word 2007.

    The standard-style colour of the tables is black. I want to change it to light-grey, which I find far less dominant. How do I do this in a way that for all (new and old) documents I retrieve, this happens automatically?

    I think I have to change the “Standard Table”-style, but I can’t reach it! Help?

    Thank you. J.-P. Lambert Belgium.

  2. Hi J-P

    This is probably not the post to ask this question, as it will get ‘lost’. It might be better to ask it on one of these pages, which may hold the answer for you:
    * https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/word-table-borders-dont-hold/
    * https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/word-2007-using-table-styles/
    * https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/word-2007-using-quick-tables/
    * https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/word-2007-tips-for-using-built-in-table-styles/
    * https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2008/03/31/set-default-table-style/

    That said, I don’t think there’s a way you can automatically apply a table border colour (which is what I think you want to do) to all existing tables in a doc. For new tables, see the links above. For existing ones, your best option would likely be a macro, and no, I’ve never created one that would do this.


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