Maybe this is just me, and if you don’t give a damn about grammar, then I apologize, please skip the rest of this post. This is about a grammar rule that should change.
The proper English grammar is to put the period inside the quotation marks at the end of the sentence. But what if the quotation is something to search for, or type, like a password. For example, this sentence:
Your password is "password."
In this case, do you type "password" or do you type "password." before pressing the Enter key? That’s confusing. Grammar is supposed to relieve confusion, not cause more confusion.
Here’s another example:
Just search for "business plan software."
What do I type into the search engine, before I click? Do I type "business plan software" or do I type "business plan software." and there again, the grammar confuses the issue.
The solution is for us to get together with editors and style guides and establish that the quotation marks used to set off the keystrokes counts more than the normal quotation convention. So it should be
Your password is "password".
Search in Google for "business plan software".
And for those of you who couldn’t care less about grammar technicalities, I apologize again. I realize most people couldn’t care less. But some of us do care, and in my case I’m going over edits for my latest book, and this comes up more than once.