Re: Hyphenation in technical documentation

Subject: Re: Hyphenation in technical documentation
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 07:41:35 -0800

From a personal perspective I really dislike hyphenation,
as someone else mentioned, for it disrupts the flow of

From a technical writing perspective, our docs include
a lot of technical terms, Unix commands, filenames,
URLs, and other chunks of text that include very
important hyphens. Hyphens at the end of a line
makes it even more difficult to sort out which are
part of the technical term, or part of an end-of-line

I know I'm mixing dashes and hyphens in the above
material, but I don't think most readers know the

I've come across URLs that are too long for a single
line, and have had a hyphen inserted automatically
that make it very frustrating and many users would
not know the problem and how to correct it to get
to the proper URL.

CB - hyphenless since 1978
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