The hyphenation of terms, especially of temporary compound terms, is the area of style most open to change and variation and the least amenable to prescription. This problem is compounded by the technical nature of much of the material published by Emond, and by the various sources, discourses, disciplines, audiences, and authors comprehended within Emond texts.

See the Spelling Guide for current preferences. If a word is not included in the Spelling Guide, the copy editor may be able to infer its spelling from the spelling of a similar word. If necessary, see also Chicago 16th ed., 375ff., section 7.85 (Chicago 15th ed., 302ff., section 7.90; Chicago 14th ed., 219ff., table 6.1) for a general guide to the spelling of compound words and words with prefixes and suffixes. Note, however, that Emond style varies in some respects from that recommended by Chicago.

Word Division 

Consult the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd ed.) for the preferred division between syllables.

Proper nouns can break.

Words can break after two letters.

Breaking URLs 

If a URL has to be broken at the end of a line, the break should be made

  • after a double slash or a single slash
  • before a tilde, a period, a comma, a hyphen, an underline, a question mark, a number sign, or a percent symbol
  • before or after an equals sign or an ampersand

A hyphen should never be added to a URL to denote a line break, nor should a hyphen that is part of a URL appear at the end of a line. If a particularly long element of alphabetic characters must be broken to avoid a seriously loose line, it should be broken (if possible) between syllables according to general word division rules.