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Hi Amy,

It is due to such problems that we don't use quotation marks except for
foreign words.  In our stylesheet, anything in the <title> field becomes
bold/italic, obivating the need for quotations.  Thus, we would encode your
entry as follows.  Note my use of the comma and space.

<c>
<unittitle><title>Happy Hooligan at Work Again.  He Is
Employed as a Guard at the Penitentiary</title>, </unittitle>
<origination>Opper, Frederick Burr.</origination>
</c>

I hope this is helpful.

Bob Kosovsky, Librarian
Music Division -- The New York Public Library
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I'm encoding some items and need to know how they will display in a
browser.  I can't use Page Preview right now, so I'm unable to find this
out myself.

My question involves the use of a comma and a space at the end of one
element and right before another.  The "Application Guidelines" (section
4.3.5.1) advise always including a single space after an inline element,
since a style sheet cannot always be counted on to supply whitespace where
needed.  In my case, the encoded elements are a comic strip title, followed
by the name of its creator.  The tags are <title>, rendered in quotes,
within a <unittitle>, followed by a name tagged as <origination>.  My
uncertainty has to do with how the single space and the quotation marks
will sort themselves out.  The coding looks like this:

<c>
<unittitle><title render="quoted">Happy Hooligan at Work Again.  He Is
Employed as a Guard at the Penitentiary, </title></unittitle>
<origination>Opper, Frederick Burr.</origination>
</c>

I have included a single space after the comma.  The desired result is:

"Happy Hooligan at Work Again.  He Is Employed as a Guard at the
Penitentiary," Opper, Frederick Burr.

But I wonder if I might instead end up with the single space in the wrong
place:

"Happy Hooligan at Work Again.  He Is Employed as a Guard at the
Penitentiary, "Opper, Frederick Burr.

Does anyone know how elements rendered in quotes behave in this
instance?  If the answer to this is not known, would someone be kind enough
to try this out in their own copy of XMetaL and tell me the results?

With thanks in advance,

Amy McCrory
Cartoon Research Library
Ohio State University
(614) 292-0538