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Old 05-02-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Writing online dialogue

Is there an accepted way of writing online dialogue, like ICQ or Messenger? Do you put it in normal quotes and use he typed, she read, etc? Or put it in all caps, use a different font, add extra space around it? Something else?
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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Is there an accepted way of writing online dialogue, like ICQ or Messenger?
I don't know, i just can tell you what i'm doing. I've never heard of a special way for online dialogues... If there exists indeed an "an accepted way" then i would like to know that too.

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Do you put it in normal quotes and use he typed, she read, etc?
Yes, i use normal font and normal quotes with as few "he typed|she read" as possible...just like a normal dialogue.
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mr ploppy: Is there an accepted way of writing online dialogue, like ICQ or Messenger?
queentess: I'm not sure if I've seen this in print before or not.
mr ploppy: Do you put it in normal quotes and use he typed, she read, etc?
queentess: I would use as few of "s/he typed" as possible. I could get annoying.
mr ploppy: Or put it in all caps, use a different font, add extra space around it? Something else?
queentess: Depending on how you wanted it to look, you could actually type the "conversation" as it would appear in an IM client. Perhaps with a couple line breaks between the regular text and the conversation.
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Probably complicating things a bit, but I also want to have 2 people in the same room having a "normal" conversation while the ICQ is going on.
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Perhaps use a monospace font for the typed conversation and regular quote style for the spoken one?
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Perhaps use a monospace font for the typed conversation and regular quote style for the spoken one?
That's what I was thinking, plus something like Queentess (though I would need quite short screen names for that). Can you have more than one font in a Kindle file or would that just work for epubs?
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Perhaps use a monospace font for the typed conversation and regular quote style for the spoken one?
I like this idea a lot. I think (I could be mistaken) that Stephen King used this in his book Misery to distinguish between his story the story written by the protagonist.
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Can you have more than one font in a Kindle file
No, mobi doesn't support font embedding afaik. Though, you could try using font-family: monospace as mentioned here in the calibre conversion forum.
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