Re: Hyphen Placement

Subject: Re: Hyphen Placement
From: Marilynne Smith <m -dot- smith182 -at- GENIE -dot- GEIS -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 20 May 1995 03:55:00 UTC

>>CD-ROM-based reference books

As a rule of thumb, any time you begin to solve this sort of hyphenation
problem, ask yourself if there is something wrong with the sentence. While
"CD-ROM-based reference books" may seem tidy to you, it might read better in
a sentence if it were "referenced books based on CD-ROM." Maybe when you
look at it in this fashion, you could remove some of the other modifiers.

The examples given by Bev Parks (state-of-the-art computer and 12-inch-wide
board) are notable exceptions.

Marilynne
m -dot- smith182 -at- genie -dot- geis -dot- com


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