I was put onto this by a posting at Noop.NL about the global comma issue (an issue that I was actually unaware existed, but hey!, we don't keep up with everything here), to wit:
- In Amercian usage, the comma goes inside a quoted passage: She said "I hate commas," and she went on to say more.
- In the Rest of the World, it's outside the quotation: She said "I hate commas", and she went on to say more.
To my eye, we in America have it wrong; RoW has it right. For the sake of clear communication in project writing, this really should be resolved.
Now, when extended to question marks, ?, and exclaimation marks, !, we follow the world rules: if the question is part of the quote, it goes inside, but if it's part of the sentence as a whole, it goes outside. In other words, we and the world follow the logic of the sentence. What a concept!
A great explanation for the background of the 'great global comma fuss' is found at Tina Blue's posting on this topic. She says (referring to commas inside the quote marks):