Punctuation: Commas with directionals

August 5, 2004: Issue 79

SIM Style: Adding some comma sense to directionals

Confused by the SIM style rule that explains when to set off photo directionals with commas? You’re not alone. So we’re simplifying things:
All photo directionals will now be set off with commas in all uses.
correct: The chair, left , is covered in blue toile.
correct: Refrigerator drawers, below , keep snacks handy.
correct: This secluded corner of the garden, opposite , draws visitors.

The new rule is effective for issues with service bureau dates on or after 9/10. Continue to use the old style for issues closing before 9/10.

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