RE: Hyphen in command-line utility?

Subject: RE: Hyphen in command-line utility?
From: "Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: "'Sonja McShane'" <sonja -dot- mcshane -at- str -dot- com -dot- au>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 11:33:22 -0800

> From: Sonja McShane

> 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.

Generally, in my experience, "command line" as a term is not hyphenated, so
when it is used as a modifier, I don't see why it would need to be
hyphenated. The only place that I saw "command-line" (with the hyphen) in a
Google search is on the Microsoft web site in its XP documentation glossary,
"Command-line reference A-Z."

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

Here's a brief web page about compound modifiers that discusses when to use
a hyphen, A longer web

I wouldn't add the hyphen.



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