Hyphen in command-line utility?

Subject: Hyphen in command-line utility?
From: "Sonja McShane" <sonja -dot- mcshane -at- str -dot- com -dot- au>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:03:20 +1100


I've just resubscribed after many years away from this list and very
much look forward to being part of it again.

For now, after much searching in archives and the Internet, I need to
know definitively if I should hyphenate "command-line utility". I know
the compound modifier 'command line' can't be misinterpreted if it's not
hyphenated, but I really, really feel the need to hyphenate it anyway.

I very much look forward to some authorative answers, and any references
as well.

Thanks very much,


Sonja McShane

Senior Technical Writer

Space-Time Research Pty Ltd


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