full stops after websites and email addresses
Thread poster: Richard Purdom

Richard Purdom  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Nov 7, 2014

Hi, I was wondering what others do when a sentence ends with a website or email.
For instance, Visit www.abcde.com

It should have a full stop, but it then looks like part of the website (or email). I know these never end with dots, but I think it looks messy. Maybe they should (be able to be) left out? Any thoughts?


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Do you know any... Nov 7, 2014

Richard Purdom wrote:
It should have a full stop, but it then looks like part of the website (or email).


Can you give an example of a web site address that ends on a fullstop? No e-mail address ends on a fullstop. Therefore the fullstop can't be part of the address. Therefore it can't be misunderstood, except by people who copy the address in a program that automatically selects the fullstop also.


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Depends on context Nov 7, 2014

In informal correspondence, I add a blank before the dot to avoid the dot becoming part of the URL by accident, but in a formal context, I would do it correctly by adding the dot right after the URL. If there is a link 'behind' the text, you just need to be sure that link is correct and does not contain the dot (e.g. in html or a Word link).

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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< > Nov 7, 2014

I often see these set out thus: . Then you can end with a period like I have done here. But Samuel is right, there should be no confusion even when < > are not used.

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philgoddard
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Nov 7, 2014



[Edited at 2014-11-07 18:58 GMT]


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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Polish rule is to omit full stops after URLs/mail addresses, and Polish rules are quite on the prescriptive side. They still aren't English, of course, but anyway.

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