Phrasal adjective hyphenation

Subject: Phrasal adjective hyphenation
From: kafkascampi <kafkascampi -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:39:22 -0700

I was reviewing a datasheet that had the following heading:

Across the Product Traceability

I argued that it should be Across-the-Product Traceability for ease of
reading and because it is a compound/phrasal adjective. If you don't
hyphenate it, it appears as Across the [Product Traceability] as
opposed to [Across the Product] Traceability.

And if it appeared after the noun, one would not hyphenate it, thus
"Traceability Across the Product". I think that is actually the best
answer.

What say you, grammarians?

Chris
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