Re: Hyphen in command-line utility?

Subject: Re: Hyphen in command-line utility?
From: <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>,<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:47:18 -0500

Use the darned hyphen! The poor little thing suffers from neglect,
but is so useful in a few situations that we must not lose it entirely,
lest we become unionized (or unionised) when we needed to be un-ionized.

Janice Gelb and many others have commented on Sonja McShane's plight:

>> 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.


> As others have said, this sort of question rarely
> has a definitive answer but as a data point, the
> Sun style guide still specifically calls for "command
> line" to be hyphenated as a modifier in line with our
> general rule about hyphenating compound modifiers.


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