Punctuation is everything in written language other than the actual letters or numbers, including punctuation marks (listed at right), inter-word spaces and indentation.
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last = Amis | first = Kingsley | authorlink = Kingsley Amis | coauthors = | date = 1998-03-02
year = | title = The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage | publisher = HarperCollins
location = | id = ISBN 0-00-638746-2

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last = Fowler | first = Henry Watson | authorlink = Henry Watson Fowler
coauthors = Francis George Fowler | origyear = 1906 | year = 2002 | month = June
title = The King's English | publisher = Oxford University Press | location =
id = ISBN 0-19-860507-2

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last = Gowers | first = Ernest | authorlink = Ernest Gowers | coauthors = | year = 1948
title =
publisher = Her Majesty's Stationery Office | location = London | id =

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last = Parkes | first = Malcolm Beckwith | authorlink = Malcolm Beckwith Parkes
coauthors = | year = 1993 | title = | publisher = University of California Press | location =
id = ISBN 0-520-07941-8

External links

* [http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/doc/punctuation/node00.html Larry Trask: Guide to Punctuation ] A helpful online resource
* [http://www.sti.nasa.gov/publish/sp7084.pdf "Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization" – a comprehensive online guide by NASA]

* Unicode reference tables:
** PDFlink| [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf U2000] |137 KB General Punctuation
** PDFlink| [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U3000.pdf U3000] |98.6 KB CJK Symbols and Punctuation
** PDFlink| [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UFE30.pdf UFE30] |65.4 KB CJK Compatibility Forms
** PDFlink| [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UFE50.pdf UFE50] |70.7 KB Small Form Variants
** PDFlink| [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UFF00.pdf UFF00] |204 KB Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ethiopic.htm Ethiopic Script]

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