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Typo in the 2006 AP Stylebook?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Please turn to page 289, left column where the sample football agate box is shown.

    In score by quarters, there is now an underscore _ between the team and player like this "Phi_Smith 6 pass from McNabb..."

    In the past, there was a long dash — in that spot "Phi — Smith 6 pass from McNabb ..."

    Is that just a typo or is the AP changing that for some odd reason?
  2. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Makes no sense to me any way else. Gotta be a typo.
  3. August West

    August West Member

    there's no change in style. merely a matter of the differing keyboards used to produce the sample. the earlier version was from the days of atex which presented the long dash as you saw it. since moving to a pc-type keyboard (a long time ago), the long dash is now presented as an underscore to ap computers. many samples in the stylebook were updated to reflect content changes over the past 20 years or so and the keyboard differences came along with them.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    so if ap actually did change its style in that manner, would you actually follow it?
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member


    I was just curious if I was going to be changing NFL and NCAA boxes from AP back to the old style, if the switch had been made.
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Must have been the same copy editors who "edit" AP cutlines.
  7. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    If AP now uses PC keyboards, why do I still have to find and replace "-3" to "/3" on baseball boxes so I can fix fractions?
  9. Desk_dude

    Desk_dude Member

    Because some newspapers don't have the coding to do thirds.
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