On-line vs. online

Subject: On-line vs. online
From: "Beth C. Staats" <ECS -at- ALPHA -dot- SUNQUEST -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1993 07:39:31 -0700

I don't know if you have discussed this before -- I am pretty new to
the TECHWR list. Sorry if it has already been drilled into the ground!
I have noticed that
most of you are hyphenating on-line. Our company has been hyphenating it
too, having changed it from the one-word usage the programmers preferred.
Now I hear rumblings that the co. is considering changing back to online.
In my readings I see it both ways. I'm not sure whether the split is 50-50,
or leans in favor of hyphenation.

I was wondering if any of you have heard any justification for hyphenation
or reasons why it should be one word. (I hope this doesn't turn into another
"red ink vs. other colors"-type debate that goes on forever!) Opinions wanted!
Thank you.

ecs -at- alpha -dot- sunquest -dot- com
Beth C. Staats, tech writer
Sunquest Information Systems, Tucson

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