Re: use of hyphens

Subject: Re: use of hyphens
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- marvin -dot- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 10:18:44 -0700 (PDT)

> Is World Class written as world-class or world class

A couple of generally applicable rules:

* Use hyphens if there is a potential for confusion (e.g.,
"this is a world class assignment" -- is "class" modifying
"assignment" or is "assignment" preceded by the compound
modifier "world class"?)

* Hyphenate a multiword expression when used as a modifier;
don't when it's used as a verb or noun (e.g., "a world-class
team"; "this team is world class").

> Taking this a little further, is it OK to ignore some rules over
> aesthetics.
> I was told World Class looks better than World-class.

Looks better to whom? Aesthetics are in the eye of the
beholder. Maybe it looks better to one particular reviewer
but you can't know what looks better to every single reader.

-- Janice


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