RE: Hyphenation in technical documentation

Subject: RE: Hyphenation in technical documentation
From: "Barb Einarsen" <barb -dot- einarsen -at- navtelcom -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 14:05:24 -0500

As others have mentioned, it is probably based on preference. However, I
can think of one reason why hyphenation may be inappropriate for
technical writing - ragged right paragraphs.

Hyphenation is generally used to allow a justified or solid block form
of paragraph. Lack of hyphenation pretty much guarantees a ragged right
edge to the paragraph. *Studies* have shown that ragged right is much
easier to read and scan than justified and solid block paragraph

*Studies* in this case is my memory of various official manuals of style
and my psychology of technical communication course work. Believe at
your own risk ;-D

Barb Einarsen



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