Would you put punctuation on the inside or outside of quotation marks when not quoting what someone says?
For example, would you say:
I told him the car was "candy apple red."
I told him the car was "candy apple red".
Take the exit marked "First Street," and then turn left.
Take the exit marked "First Street", and then turn left.
This is a bone of contention between some writers and editors here at work. I state that the punctuation goes outside the quotation marks in these examples, but others say it doesn't. Their reasoning for this is because it's the rule laid down by both the Chicago Manual and AP Style Guide. These rule books may tell you the rule for this one, but they don't explain it other than saying it's tradition. If we have a logical reasoning for doing it differently, which we do, then I'd rather rule in the favor of logic than tradition just for tradition's sake.