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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Since the computer stores each letter, number, special character, and punctuation mark as a binary number, the computer must treat letters, number, punctuation marks, and special characters as binary numbers.
The seventy-four facsimile reproductions are grouped in an order broadly corresponding to chapters I.1-6 and II.8, and in addition contain two sets of plates (47-56 and 57-74) to illustrate the direct transmission of punctuation marks from exemplars to copies and changes in punctuation in copies of the same text from different periods.
Still, there's something pleasing about it being up to amateur stick-in-the-muds to worry about rogue punctuation marks. As yet there is no Gradgrind government quango, no Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Semi-Colons.
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