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Section Three- Punctuation

Rule

Instruction

Example

General Punctuation

  1. Use proper punctuation whenever possible.
  2. Begin all HITs with a capital letter, end all HITs with a period.

Exception: If you are confident the HIT ends mid-sentence leave the sentence without punctuation.

 

Discouraged Punctuation Marks

  1. Em-dash --
  2. Ellipses …
  3. Quotation Marks “ “
  4. Semi-colon ;
  5. Colon :

Exception: When punctuation is shown on screen in computer programming media, on-screen formatting takes precedence over punctuation rules.

I just read The Hunger Games.

She said my email address is support@crowdsurfwork.com.

Speaker Interruption

  1. Use an en-dash to indicate a mid-sentence interruption by a second speaker
  2. Do not use an en-dash if the speaker interrupts him/herself.

 Jiminy Crick-
  >> Oh my!

Punctuation and Numbers

  1. Do not use an apostrophe with ages or decades.
  2. Do not use a dash with number ranges, spell out ‘to’ or ‘through’.
  1. The 60s were an exciting time in the US.
  2. You should exercise every day for 30 to 40 minutes.

Sentence Style & Breakpoints

  1. Break up run-on sentences.
  2. Join sentence fragments.
  3. Think about how your sentences will be displayed on screen as video captions.

Hint: Generally 40-60 characters is the optimal sentence length.

Ideal Transcript:
Okay, now you can see that once again we've got the preview going on.
If I click Submit you can see that it does not make a request.

Too long:
Okay, now you can see that once again we've got the preview going on, if I click Submit you can see that it does not make a request.

Too short:
Okay.
Now you can see that once again.
We’ve got the preview going on.
If I click Submit.
You can see that it does not make a request.

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    Amanda Marie Naud

    is this better?
    Okay, now you can see that once again we've got the preview going on. If I click "Submit", you can see that it does not make a request.

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    Amanda Marie Naud

    oops. discouraged ""- so... ) THIS IS BETTER?

    Okay, now you can see that once again we've got the preview going on. If I click Submit, you can see that it does not make a request.

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