No, wait, what about the editors! They care! I think people don't check their style guides because they assume their editors will correct it for them. And god help those without editors! :)
I believe hyphenation drives editors crazy too, especially in today's "e-(fill in your own word)" world. As a technical writer and editor, I'm faced with these issues every day.
There are threads of this kind on editing and writing lists too. I bet this thread will end up with the same conclusion as the others I've read: Just pick ONE style guide --preferably the one that your company has recommended, and/or the ones the writers in your company use-- and stick to what it says, even if it contradicts another style guide; if you're unsure, look it up in the style guide instead of randomly hyphnating, guessing, or relying on an editor.
From: Caroline Archer [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 10:32 AM
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Subject: Re: Hyphenation rules
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>Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 15:20:09 +0100
>Caroline Archer wrote:
> >Hart's Rules is very clear on the use of hyphened and non-hyphened words:
>well, they were very clear -- and (Michael Brady) they were the composition
>rules of Oxford University Press, first issued in 1893, and last revised in
>1983 (yes?). But were they really much use for non-metal setting? Certainly
>after Judith Butcher's *Copy-editing* came along (1975), Hart began to seem
>My impression is that OUP has now replaced Hart with this book (which I
> Robert Ritter, *The Oxford guide to style*
I am probably becoming sceptical, but despite Hart, Butcher, Ritter, Uncle
Tom Cobbly 'n All, giving directions on the finer points of composition and
copy preparation, most people seem to be doing exactly as they please when
it comes to hyphenation and non-hyphenation ! And probably in the world
beyond TypoL nobody really bothers or notices. But as I said, perhaps I am
just a sceptic.
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