The Twitter world was ablaze yesterday over this Slate article by Ben Yagoda on the shift in mainstream America toward "logical" punctuation. Yagoda's article specifically addresses the American English tradition* of placing punctuation inside quotation marks, though I think the term "logical punctuation" can also include other punctuation, such as the use of commas, dashes, and semi-colons.
I, like Judge Dillard of the Georgia Court of Appeals (@judgedillard), am opposed to logical punctuation. But as my Twitter friend Ellie Margolis (@elliemargolis) pointed out, logical punctuation can be fine if used intentionally. The problem of course, as Yagoda recognizes, is that most writers don't consciously use logical punctuation; their punctuation results from a lack an understanding of American English punctuation rules.
What do you think? With the movement toward less formalism in legal writing, is logical punctuation the next big thing?
*Writers of British English place punctuation outside quotation marks.