[Patch, committed] Fix spelling of cannot in config/ directory

Andrew Haley aph@redhat.com
Sat Aug 14 10:08:00 GMT 2004

Zack Weinberg writes:
 > Dale Johannesen <dalej@apple.com> writes:
 > > Are you objecting to the patch?  IMO the second of Andrew's quotes has
 > > it right, "can not" is not incorrect but "cannot" is preferred in most
 > > contexts, so the patch looks like an improvement.  (As for the first
 > > quote, people who think they know better than the dictionary are
 > > rarely convincing IMO.)
 > I'm not objecting to the patch.  I just wanted to point out that this
 > is not as clear-cut as (for example) "its" vs. "it's"...

When copy editing, the common practice is to use whatever style guide
has been adopted by a publication.  In the absence of a style guide,
the experienced copy editor reverse engineers one and presents it to
their client with the finished work.

Has the GNU project chosen a style guide?


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