RE: Hyphenation in technical documentation

Subject: RE: Hyphenation in technical documentation
From: "Jones, Donna" <DJones -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 13:12:29 -0600

> Here's my question for all you seasoned professionals: what do you
> think about hyphenation in technical documentation? Do you think
> hyphenation is okay as long as you don't hyphenate jargon words?
> Should hyphenation be turned off for a whole project? Where do you
> draw the line (pun intended)?

Hi Paul,

Welcome to the tech writing profession and to the list. I hope that you enjoy both as much as I have. :-)

I have always disliked automated hyphenation, but I can't give you a concrete reason as to why. Maybe it's because I read fast, and I can't stand the feeling of being inter-

rupted in the mid-

dle of a word. See what I mean? This pause at hyphens is how I "hear" hyphenated words as my brain glues the two parts of the word together, and I find it annoying. I can read and comprehend much more quickly when the text is NOT hyphenated, so I always turn off the automated hyphenation in any program that I'm using.

Happy Wednesday! Friday is coming fast!


Donna L. Jones
Technical Writer II
Zebra Technologies Corp.
Vernon Hills, IL
djones -at- zebra -dot- com



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