There is a copy-paste app that works across devices. I have come across the following sentence that mentions "citation styles" in a way that is incomprehensible to me:

The app lets you copy a text as plain text or, for content copied from the web, one of several citation styles, such as an HTML or Markdown link, or the URL or page title.

I am not sure if the term "citation styles" includes all the following four items:

HTML or Markdown link, or the URL or page title.

Thanks for your time.


The sentence is poorly worded because the term "citation styles" usually refers to different standards for citing (giving credit to) someone else's work. For example, https://pitt.libguides.com/citationhelp provides recommendations for which "citation style" to choose for a given situation.

However, in the example you cite above, your guess is correct. It is using "citation styles" to mean everything after "such as".

Here is how I analyze the sentence.

The subject is a feature of the app: It lets you copy "a text". ("a text" in this context is also not correct USA-based English.) The feature allows for copying plain (unformatted) text, or formatted text (everything following "such as").

From the context, "style" is referring to allowed text formats - as you suggested. The action involves citing. That much makes sense. The problem is that "citation style" has a specific meaning as described by the link above.

This is a case where the documentation could be improved to make the meaning more clear. But it's also a typical problem for English-language writing!

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