Nonbreaking spaces and hyphens



Does anyone know of a style manual out there that describes which phrases,
words, etc. require nonbreaking spaces or hyphens?


Suzanne S. Barnhill

I think this is pretty much a personal decision. I usually use nonbreaking
spaces in dates (between the month and day) and sometimes in names. I use
nonbreaking hyphens in phone numbers and in constructions such as "AK-47."
Many situations actually call for a nonbreaking en dash, and there is
(unfortunately) no such animal; luckily, the minus sign (Unicode glyph 2212)
is virtually identical and nonbreaking by default.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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Thank you for your feedback, Suzanne. I agree with all of your suggestions.
Unfortunately, there is a plethera of rules still out there. You'd be amazed
at what peopel expect. I'd just like to know for sure so that I can let
people know if they're requesting items that shouldn't be kept together.

Thanks again.

I'm still hoping for a style manual out there.....

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